PyNE Aug 2016 - micro:bits


location Campus North | 6 - 8.30 pm THURSDAY 18th August

!!!==> Note the different day for the meetup this month: THURSDAY 18th August. <==!!!

This month we're going to be playing with MicroPython on the BBC micro:bits!

"The micro:bit is a handheld, fully programmable computer being given free to every Year 7 or equivalent child across the UK. It’s 70 times smaller and 18 times faster than the original BBC Micro computers used in schools in the early 1980s."

This little device has an awful lot of features, like 25 red LED lights, two buttons, an accelerometer, compass, Bluetooth radio, and a number of connectors for crocodile clips.

The micro:bits can run Python using the MicroPython implementation. "MicroPython is a lean and efficient implementation of the Python 3 programming language that includes a small subset of the Python standard library and is optimised to run on microcontrollers and in constrained environments."

Paweł has managed to borrow a number of micro:bits for the group to play with. We'll walk through a few basic examples of how to program the mico:bits using MicroPython. Then after that the idea is that the group should have free-for-all to come up with novel programs or games to run on them - the more interactive the better!

So bring your laptop to play along! Beginners are especially welcome.

https://micropython.org/ https://www.microbit.co.uk/ https://www.microbit.co.uk/python-guide https://microbit-micropython.readthedocs.io/en/latest/

Pizza will be courtesy of our kind sponsors Sharpe Recruitment (@sharperecruit) and Pebble (@mypebble) - get there early to get a slice! And we once again will be hosted by the ace folks at Campus North (@campusnorthuk).

Campus North is down the hill from the Body Zone Gym and the Bunker Coffee & Kitchen on the corner of Carliol Square. Please ring the doorbell, or tweet @PythonNorthEast, to get let in.

Hope to see you there and please spread the word.

The meetup requires a minimum of 15 signed up to proceed.

Location

Campus North

5 Carliol Square, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1, UK

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