We have a number of programming kits available at both Dereham Neatherd and West Suffolk College. We also offer courses for the Crumble Kits, Micro:Bits and Raspberry Pi Pico — please get in touch with us to learn more. If you would like borrow any of our kit, click below.
Super Crumble Starter Kit with Crumble Controller, USB & Crumbs
The Crumble is a cheap, easy-to-use electronics controller. A few ‘croc’ leads and a USB cable are all you need to connect motors, LEDs and sensors and begin experimenting. No programming experience is required as the free software is a graphical, drag-and-drop system inspired by MIT Scratch.
Please note that the Crumbles use Redfern’s software which will need to be added to laptops, or the Chrome extension if you use Chromebooks.
The free software is available here.
Each classroom kit tray contains 17 Crumble controllers, 34 sparkle LEDs, 17 battery packs (which require 3 x AA batteries), 17 switches, 17 light sensors, 17 buzzers, 34 motors and 34 chunky wheels.
BBC Micro:Bit GO v2
(Microbit Starter Kit)
The BBC Micro:Bit is a pocket-sized computer that you can code, customise and control to bring your digital ideas, games and apps to life. Measuring 4cm by 5cm, and designed to be fun and easy to use, users can create anything from games and animations to scrolling stories at school, at home and on the go.
The Micro:Bits use free online software, compatible with laptops and Chromebooks, available here. In addition there is a Micro:Bit app for use with tablets.
Bee-Bot® Programmable Floor Robot
Bee-Bot® is a perfect starting point for teaching control, directional language and programming. Along with a memory of 200 steps, Bee-Bot® can now detect another Bee-Bot® or Blue-Bot® and say hello. They will play a default sound or the students can record their own. Students can also record audio to play back when each button is pressed, making it more accessible to all students, including those with auditory or visual processing needs.
Our Bee-Bots come with the Bee-Bot® World Bundle, a set of 4 Bee-Bot® World Mats with associated activity tins. Please let us know in the Borrow Form if you do not want this included with the Bee-Bots.
Raspberry Pi Pico
A low cost, high-performance microcontroller board built around Raspberry Pi’s very own chip – the RP2040. Raspberry Pi Pico is Raspberry Pi’s first microcontroller board, designed especially for physical computing. Microcontrollers are a different type of device than Single Board Computers (like the Raspberry Pi 4 and previous generations of Pi), they don’t run an operating system and they are typically programmed to do just one task, though that task can be pretty intricate and exciting! They’re perfect for experimenting with hardware and using as the brains of custom devices, machines and inventions.
Each tray contains 10 Raspberry Pi Picos, 10 breadboards, 20 line tracking optical sensors, 20 croc clip wires, 40 LEDS, 10 resistors, 10 buttons, & 10 H bridge boards.
Raspberry Pi 3B+
The Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ is the latest product in the Raspberry Pi 3 range, boasting a 64-bit quad-core processor running at 1.4GHz, dual-band 2.4GHz and 5GHz wireless LAN, Bluetooth 4.2/BLE, faster Ethernet, and PoE capability via a separate PoE HAT. The Raspberry Pi 3 B+ has four built-in USB ports that provide enough connectivity for a mouse, keyboard or anything else that you feel the Pi needs. But if you want to add even more, you can still use a USB hub. As you can see, this amazing little computer is not only versatile but is also extremely inexpensive, which is what makes it so attractive. Programming skills are helpful, but not absolutely necessary, due to the abundance of programming aids that can be found in forums or books – don’t be afraid to try!
Each tray contains 10 Raspberry Pi 3B+s, 10 Raspberry Pi 3B+ power supplies, 10 Sense HATs, 12 SD cards, 21 mixed colour LEDs, 10 breadboards, 10 resistors (330ohms), 50 buttons & jumper wires (20 x F–F, 60 x M–F)
Please see below for the teacher’s guide to physical computing kit: