Machine Learning with the micro:bit

A workshop led by Erik Nauman

When: Saturday, December 9, 2023
10:00 AM to noon Eastern Time (USA
Where everywhere via Zoom

Experience the magic of Machine Learning on the micro:bit! Train the micro:bit to recognize colors or shapes, name objects it sees, play a song corresponding to your mood, or even control a self-driving car that can follow traffic signs! Learn how to use Google's Teachable Machine to train a visual or audio model with a webcam or mic, then use Microsoft MakeCode to trigger behaviors on the micro:bit when different classes in your model are recognized. The website Make: AI Robots ties it all together with a seamless and easy-to-use interface. You will learn how to follow the workflow of training a model, coding the micro:bit behaviors, and testing the result and then have time to explore on your own.

About the workshop leader

Erik Nauman teaches technology and fabrication at The Hewitt School, where he has taught middle and high school since 2004. He teaches students to program a variety of microcontrollers and computer applications with blocks-based languages such as Scratch and Turtle Art and an array of text-based languages such as Python, JavaScript, Arduino, and Logo. He teaches his students to make things by hand with a range of materials including wood, cardboard, and biomaterials like mushrooms and mycelium. He teaches digital fabrication with 3D printers, laser cutter, and CNC machine. He also coaches middle school robotics teams participating in the VEX IQ robotics league. Erik has been exploring approaches to teaching students how to incorporate AI into their projects using micro:bit machine learning, P5 facial and pose recognition, RiveScript chatbot development, and the MIT App Inventor ChatGPT module.