Een micro:bit ster van 11 jaar oud

Een micro:bit ster van 11 jaar oud

You don’t have to be a hardened coder or techie to have contributed to the amazing micro:bit project. Abbie from Hertfordshire, is just eleven-years-old and has already designed images for the Foundation’s Python Editor and the new MakeCode editor (pxt). If that is not enough, she has also been the inspiration behind several cracking micro:bit games.

Abbie's micro:bit designs

So far, Abbie has created thirteen images for the editors, one of them, the now famous duck image, led to the legendary teleporting duck game. She also helped design the micro:bit version of connect 4 and now has credits in the Python code files and author credits in MicroPython, the version of Python on the micro:bit.

How did this remarkable feat come about? Abbie’s computer club leader remembers the start: “Abbie came to my little Saturday computer club. She really loved the micro:bit and soon started creating images and writing mini games, including connect 4. Abbie designed about half of the game in Blocks and I put it into Python. It was Abbie's idea to use dark and light LEDs for a two-player game, when she showed it to me I said: 'how did you know that?' and she said: 'oh easy, I looked through all the online documentation and saw it there so I tried it and it worked!'.

The micro:bit team had seen Abbie’s work and when an opportunity arose to add more images to the micro:bit’s MicroPython image library, they asked Abbie if she would like to create some of them. She emailed over a word document full of new image designs, the MicroPython team saw them, loved them, coded them up and added them to the standard MicroPython for micro:bit build. When the team developing the new MakeCode editor spotted the fantastic new images they decided to add them to their image library as well.

Hoe gemakkelijk was het voor Abbie om zulke belangrijke plaatjes te maken voor de micro:bit? Sarah, Abbie's moeder, vult de details in: "Abbie had plezier om de plaatjes te ontwerpen. Ze had een heleboel ideeën en haar doel was om de herkenbaar te maken on een 5x5 matrix. Abbie wilde grappige plaatjes maken die haar vrienden leuk vinden. From cute animals like the duck to a roller skate and t-shirt.” Sarah added: “I think the micro:bit is such a fun way to learn coding. Its full of clever features like the accelerometer and I/O rings as well as the LED's and programmable buttons that allow children to be really creative.”

En hoe zit het met de jonge ster zelf? Nou, is ze een zeer bescheiden. “I feel privileged to be allowed to contribute in this way,” she said. “I think it’s cool children all over the country could be using the images I helped design.”

To see examples of Abbie’s work in the editors go to the JavaScript stage in the JavaScript Blocks Editor and type: basic.showIcon(IconNames.Duck) or to the Python Editor and type: Voor het gemak: haar dertien mooie ontwerpen staan hieronder:

Abbie's paraplu
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