Scratch + micro:bit Kit
The PLIX Scratch + micro:bit Facilitation Kit uses storytelling, coding, and making to engage participants in physical tinkering while helping to bridge the gap between the physical and digital worlds!
Below you'll find the full list of materials for our PLIX Scratch + micro:bit Kit so you can make your own! All of our PLIX facilitation kits include supplies to get started, example project ideas, and facilitation tips for librarians.
Materials List for the Scratch + micro:bit Kit:
- micro:bit Go’s (includes micro:bit, USB connector, battery pack)—we like to have one micro:bit per 2-4 participants
- Scratch Coding Cards ( PDF) or buy your own set
- Alligator test leads
- Micro:bit Scratch Coding Cards (still in prototype phase, email us if you'd like a copy!)
- Copies of our "Tinkering with Scratch+micro:bits" zine*, printed and assembled ( PDF)
- Several creative project examples
- Read Me! Letter to the Librarian
- PLIX Facilitation Techniques guide
Scratch is now available for ChromeOS and Android! You will be able to use Scratch + micro:bit with Chromebooks. Learn more here - scratch.mit.edu/microbit
As of 4/29/19, this kit cost us about $33–$41, depending on if you buy the Scratch Coding Cards or if you just print your own. If you do print your own, we recommend printing two cards per page horizontally (landscape). See below for sample print settings.
Add-ons & other nice materials to have on hand:
- Laptops with Bluetooth
- Rubber bands
- Colorful tape
- Pipe cleaners
- A collection of dollar store objects (or anything you have lying around!)
*A note about zines: Our PLIX zines are designed to be supplementary resources for patrons and librarians to refer to during workshops. They're a quick and easy way for people to learn some fundamentals. You can print them on US Letter paper, and they're easy to assemble. Here’s a resource that shows you step-by-step how to cut and fold them into little booklets!
We think it’s important to share what we’re making so anyone can get started with creative learning. All the guides and zines are openly licensed (CC-BY-SA 4.0) and free to download. You can also read more about how we think about designing these kits.