micro:bit In Wonderland - Coding & Craft with the BBC micro:bit
This book is still available to purchase directly from Tech Age Kids and can be found here.
micro:bit in Wonderland is a project book where you read a chapter from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and then complete a project linked to the chapter. Most of the projects involve making or crafting something as well as coding. Some of them also include connecting additional electronics components to the micro:bit.
Learners use a BBC micro:bit mini computer to complete the projects along with some simple electronics components and everyday household and craft items.
The micro:bit is programmed with the Microsoft MakeCode editor in its drag and drop blocks mode.
Each project has a 'Make it Yours' section at the end where makers are encouraged to adapt the project to suit their interests and style.
The book contains 13 projects. There are also 3 bonus projects available for free as a taster.
Cool Components have created the official micro:bit in Wonderland - Basic Companion Kit which contains all of the necessary components needed to complete the projects in the book.
Please Note: This does not include a BBC micro:bit.
Who is micro:bit in Wonderland for?
We always hesitate to put an age range of the book because all learners are different. The important part is that the book is for beginners to physical computing. The micro:bit safety recommendations suggest age 8+. Around 9-14 is the core age range that we developed the book for. However, we also had adult beginners who are curious about technology in mind. We'd love for parents to learn coding and physical computing alongside their children. We've also discovered a category of older teens who somehow missed out on getting to grips with technology and are now a little nervous - the book works well as a gentle introduction for older beginners. The book is child-friendly but not childish. There's a lot of physical making in the book using paper, card, play dough, kitchen foil and optionally fabric, laser cutting, and 3D printing. It's a good way to broaden the horizons of kids who love coding and add some maker skills. The book starts gently and gradually builds up the difficulty.