Make a micro:bit guitar with this guided tutorial!
5 Activities, approx 30-45 min each based on familiarity with the coding concepts.
tracing the guitar design https://youtu.be/xMSrWaOZkFg
cutting the cardboard https://youtu.be/aUQkrFoEank
Create unique styles using tape, markers, paint and other available materials (calling all artists!)
decorating the guitar https://youtu.be/zNAZTJeSxY8
Everyone can come up with a unique design!
strengthening the guitar https://youtu.be/q0GkQdJmxjE
Strengthen the guitar next with an angled cardboard strip (optional).
A micro:bit, battery pack and 2 x AAA batteries
2 to 4 crocodile clips
Open https://makecode.microbit.org/ in your web browser.
From Basics, drag a show LEDs block into the coding area * Create a face with LEDs.
Connect your micro:bit to your computer via USB and click
Download. Follow the instructions to move the code to your micro:bit.
From Input, drag an on button ‘A’ pressed block into the coding area
Connect GND to the base of the headphone jack using a second crocodile clip (usually black)
Connect pin 0 to the tip of the headphone jack with a crocodile clip
attaching batteries and micro:bit https://youtu.be/zwRTmpKIaVU Attach the micro:bit & battery-pack to the guitar body
connecting headphone speaker https://youtu.be/ewyEW_U5G9M Connect the headphones with crocodile clips
The micro:bit can play music
The play tone block allows a range letter note tones from C to B5. Songs are played using sequences notes. Like the beginning of a birthday song (C, C, D, C, F, E).
From Music, drag play tone C for 1 beat block under the show leds in Button A Pressed
Repeat for Button B event Download the code to the micro:bit Try the A & B buttons with headphones and power connected
Challenge: Create samples of longer music to play for each button instead of the single tone Tip*: Search for “ABC music notation” or “Easy Music Notes” + the name of a song
Use the Light Sensor to the control tone for this Theremin inspired guitar
Concepts: – Inputs – Light Intensity – Tone/Frequency – Ratio Mapping – Forever Loop – Math (multiplication) with code properties
Duration: 30 – 45 minutes
playing tones with light sensor https://youtu.be/2cKg9pokVC4
The forever loop really does run forever. The forever loop is useful when there is a need to continually check for an event or use a changing value in code.
Build the blocks From Basic drag a forever loop block into the coding area From Led drag a plot bar graph block into the forever loop From Input drag a light level block into **plot bar graph of*
Set the plot bar graph value up to = 255
graphing light input https://youtu.be/pqU7bTcfQ_s Experiment to see the effect on graph height when the plot bar graph value up to is changed
255 is the maximum light input reading, try numbers smaller than 255 Find a value that allows the graph to show 1 – 5 bars
Frequency measured in Hz which are cycles per second or vibrations per second A healthy human ear can detect frequencies in the range of 20Hz to 20,000Hz. The micro:bit + headphones reliably produce detectable output ~50Hz – 6,000Hz.
261Hz represents a C note
play tone blocks can specify a numeric Frequency by replacing the letter C note with a numberblock that has the value it represents
Create a **play tone** block using a **Math** section, **multiplication** block to set *tone*
Add a B button block that multiplies the 261 tone by a number other than 2 to set tone.
Download the code to the micro:bit.
Test the sound for multiples of the 261Hz C frequency.
Create a forever loop containing a play tone block
Set tone, using Math multiplication block that multiplies light level input by 25 or experiment with multipliers larger and smaller than 25
Test light tone control on the guitar Cover the LEDs with your hand to vary light detected to control the tone
Good work, this guitar is sounding good!
Challenge: Create a variable for the light level multiplier that you can change using buttons (optional)
Use the Accelerometer to control guitar tempo Concepts: Gravity Acceleration X, Y, Z coordinates Tempo Beat Mapping Graphing * Absolute value
Duration: 30 – 45 minutes
accelerometer controlled tempo：https://youtu.be/kA0HpqCWsjs
The micro:bit contains an accelerometer sensor that is able to measure forces applied to the board. On earth, we are subject to the gravity force which pulls us to the ground!
When the micro:bit is flat on a table, with the screen pointing up, the gravity force is aligned with the Z axis of the micro:bit.
If you tilt it up and down, the force will align with the Y axis – this is how we can detect tilting!!! If the force along Y grows, the micro:bit is tilting more and more vertically!
The acceleration block approximately measures milli-g, which is 1/1000 of a g or the acceleration of gravity.
Create the code that measures the change in the Y axis acceleration as a graph on the LEDsDowload the code to the micro:bit Test the movements that move the graph from 1 to 5 bars on the LEDs
Try graphing the acceleration along the X and Z axis. Can you explain the differences?
micro:bit sensors produce signal values between 0 to 1023. The map block converts the signal to a desired range.
Create the code that Maps Y axis acceleration as tempo Download the code to the micro:bit on the guitar Test the movements that speed and slow the tempo
Put it all together!
Combine the code above with the light sensor tone control code from the previous activityDownload the code to the micro:bit on the guitar Now play the guitar adjusting tone and tempo using the light sensor and accelerometer!
Use pin press to switch guitar play on/off
Concepts: – Circuit – Conductor – Variable/Global-Variable – Conditional: if, else – Boolean: True/False
Duration: approximately 45 minutes
2-3 Crocodile clips
In this activity we use YOU to conduct electricity to close the circuit that switches the guitar ON and OFF!
Create the pin-press code Download the code on the micro:bit
Hold the micro:bit touching The GND pin with one hand with the other hand alternately touch the 0, 1 and 2 pins. The electric signal traveled from pins, between your hands to GND and the micro:bit detected the electric signal!
https://youtu.be/NX0ECcpXFes Add foil to the guitar body where it is easy to touch while playing
Connect the foil to
GND using a crocodile clip
https://youtu.be/YkymZGNmkrE Add foil to the guitar neck
Connect the foil to
pin 1 using a crocodile clip
on global variable we can switch the message on the micro:bit between ON and OFF.
Create the ON/OFF switch code Download the code on the micro:bit Test by touching
P1 to toggle the LED message between ON and OFF Final code TODO: do we want to use
on = !on; or be more direct in flipping the switch?
on = true; on = false;
Turn the guitar ON and OFF with a pin press on the connected foil by touching both pieces of foil at the same time to connect the switches.
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