If you have ever wanted to build your very own drone but didn’t know where to start, the Air:bit micro:bit drone might be worth further investigation. Created by the team at MakeKit based in Oslo, Norway. The Air:bit is the first drone to be built using the micro:bit mini PC created by the BBC And launched throughout the UK back in 2016 to teach coding and hardware in schools. Watch the demonstration video to learn more about the Air:bit drone and its capabilities.
The Air:bit drone can be piloted in three different ways either using the iOS application from an iPhone or iPad, the Android application made with MIT App Inventor or from another micro:bit using its motion sensor, buttons and screen to remotely operate your Air:bit using ergonomic motion.
Air:bit is a true STEAM learning tool. As a teacher you can dive into following subjects:
– Physics: Electronics, electromechanics, aerodynamics, acceleration and gravity
– Math: Geometry, functions, scale factors and vectors
– Technology: Bluetooth, telemetry, data logging, lithium battery technology
– Arts: Design a drone frame using materials like wood or 3d-printing. Invent your own flying machine.
“Micro:bit and the Makecode platform is already one of the easiest way to learn how to code. Give your micro:bit wings and master the inner workings of a quadcopter! Air:bit is also perfect to conduct experiments where data logging is needed. You can collect data like temperature, battery voltage and acceleration in real time and store it for analysis in spreadsheets. Data logging can be done using the Android App or another micro:bit.”
“Air:bit is made with heart towards the environment and the long traditions of using wood in the Nordics. Our frame is made from the highest quality Koskisen Birch plywood from Finland. The frame is bio friendly, paintable, and virtually unbreakable. We were tired of broken toy drones that couldn´t be fixed. Therefore, with Air:bit, you can replace any part – no soldering or special skills required.”
Early bird pledges are available from £106 and worldwide shipping is expected to take place during March 2020. For more details and full specifications jump over to the official Kickstarter project page by following the link below.