With Insight Mr Bit you can create simple programs in plain English to control the BBC micro:bit to do lots of useful things:
• Show images, animations, messages and graphs
• Control external devices and models connected to the micro:bit
• Design and play games
• Make measurements from sensors and do calculations
• Transmit and receive radio signals between two or more micro:bits
• Compose and play musical tunes
You can make the micro:bit do all these things without worrying about complicated code.
You decide on inputs and outputs, Mr Bit offers you choices and uses them to build a program script. You can run the script to see how it works and edit it if it needs adjusting. Then, at the touch of a button, Mr Bit controls the BBC micro:bit via super-fast Bluetooth wireless without the need of connecting wires. In Control mode the iPad screen simultaneously shows how your program is working in the micro:bit. With Transfer mode you can send the program code to the micro:bit allowing it to run independently.
Mr Bit is a valuable tool for developing the logical thinking required in conventional computer languages.
The app comes fully equipped with:
• Tutorials - helping you start building and programming different types of control system
• Exercises – helping you learn how to create a variety of activities with the BBC micro:bit
• Experiments – helping you to get started with using external sensors and controlling devices connected to the BBC micro:bit
• Projects – Ideas for working models which you can build and control with the BBC micro:bit
• Example control systems - illustrating different types of programs for the BBC micro:bit
Ideal for Key Stages 2 & 3.
Additional functionality for Kitronik LAB:bit project board containing sensors (buttons, switch inputs, analog input, sound level, distance) and outputs (traffic LEDs, dice LEDs, rainbow LEDs, loudspeaker, motor).
Flashing progress bar added.
Ratings and Reviews
Excellent app, with good support V1 and V2 Microbits
In a world where the only official way to program a MicroBit is via some web portal, this app gives us an iPad programming environment that allows you to control and program the MicroBit off line.
I found the environment excellent and generally easy to get to grips with. Additionally, for me anyway, if you do not have 24/7 access to the web, you can make changes to the code you upload to your MicroBit without needing an internet connection.
As for the naming conventions, this has little to do with encouraging girls into programming. Having dealt with charities that encourage girls between 11 and 14 to take a STEM and STEAM seriously, the last thing they worry about it is if saomething is called Mr or Mrs. Further more PacMan was very popular with Women, and had little to do with the name and more to do with the psychology of gameplay.
All in all this a very cheap app that helps with programming a rather obstinate piece of hardware, and it's latest version has been updated to deal with the latest V2 Microbit. So all kudos to the developer and at £1.99, I think we can forgive the dev for their naming convention.
In a world in which we are trying to encourage females to enter a male dominated world, we end up with an app called Mr Bit. Seriously people, did you not consider this?
Please change the name..someone who cares.
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- Laurence Rogers
- 91.9 MB
- Requires iPadOS 9.0 or later.
- Requires macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with the Apple M1 chip.
- Age Rating
- © 2022 Insight Resources
Up to six family members can use this app with Family Sharing enabled.