[Vm-dev] Squeak for BBC Micro bit?

K K Subbu kksubbu.ml at gmail.com
Tue Jun 25 17:32:31 UTC 2019

On 24/06/19 10:15 PM, tim Rowledge wrote:
>> On 2019-06-23, at 10:50 PM, K K Subbu<kksubbu.ml at gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> Has anyone in this group tried out BBC's micro:bit board[1]? The
>> board was released around 2016 targeted at seventh graders - the
>> same target audience as the original Squeak and Etoys team.
> The compute power is a bit... limited. It's not impossible one could
> make a Squeak that could fit, just a lot of work for not a great
> reward.*Driving*  one from Squeak might be much more intersting; I
> nearly got the Raspberry Pi gang to pay to do the work to drive it
> from Scratch but.. Scratch 2 in Flash came along ruined a substantial
> fraction of the universe.

The board may be small for modern Squeak, but it already runs 
MicroPython interpreter. It sits between Arduino and Raspberry Pi and 
would make a good target for a scaled down Etoys or NetMorph.

No doubt that it is a low floor, low ceiling board but combined with 
some simple hardware like Move Mini Buggy [1], it could reify a turtle 
and communicate with a parent Squeak over BT for larger work.

[1] https://www.kitronik.co.uk/blog/drawing-move-mini-buggy/

Regards .. Subbu

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