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Calliope mini is designed and built in Germany. It’s based on the open source BBC micro:bit, is a tiny computer designed for students grade 3 and up, to explore the world of coding and physical computing. Get creative and start designing! The kit comes with the board, USB cable, elastic band, battery holder, thorough instructions and some very lovely stickers. (batteries are not included)
The main chip on the Calliope is the same nRF51822 as the micro:bit so for many purposes, it can be programmed the same way. There are some big upgrades though!
Things that are the same as the micro:bit
Things that are new or different:
In particular, we think this is a nice upgrade board for when you like micro:bit but want a ton more stuff built in. The Calliope Mini can be programmed through Microsoft MakeCode just like the 'bit, including radio communications and displaying on the 25 LED matrix! It can also run micropython code on the micro:bit - we would recommend using the default micro:bit micropython build and then using the accessories on-board as if they were wired to a 'bit on a breadboard or with alligator clips.
Check out their website for a plethora of classroom-friendly projects and experiments. In just a few clicks, you can transform Calliope Mini into a small robot friend, play musical compositions, send messages, and more.
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We can also tailor-make Home Learning Educational Kits for your students and ship them directly to their residence.
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