To Program The


 I just released a package on GitHub that will allow you to use PyCharm to program the micro:bit.

s2m Is Featured On Champierre's Blog

Champierre,  who not only provided the Japanese translation for the s2m blocks, has featured s2m on his blog. Check it out!

Thanks Champierre


s2m Translated Into Korean and Traditional (tw) Chinese

Much thanks to 전형기 for providing the Korean translation and to HSIEH, Li-Yi for providing the Traditional (tw) Chinese translation.


Translated To Japanese

Thanks to Junya Ishihara, s2m, the Scratch to micro:bit bridge, has been translated into Japanese. Thank you, Junya!

If you would like to translate s2m into your native language, you can find out how to do it in the User's Guide.

Scratch 2.0 Extension For The micro:bit Just Published

I just published a new Scratch 2.0 extension for the micro:bit computer. It's called s2m and can be found on Github. A User's Guide is also available.

Electronic Playground With Arduino and Scratch 2

Marcelo Ravai just published a wonderful Instructables and a article on creating physical computing projects using s2aio and Scratch. He demonstrates how to control LEDs, switches, a passive infrared (PIR) sensor, servos, buzzers, ultrasonic distance sensors, temperature sensors, servo motors, temperature sensors and light sensors.

The article provides links to the Scratch code for all of the projects. In addition, Marcello provides detailed wiring instructions, making it easy to quickly get up and running.

Check it out for some great summer fun!

C4 Labs Review

Zebra Black Ice Case For The Raspberry Pi

My latest open source efforts have been almost exclusively devoted to the Raspberry Pi. Over the years I have developed a strong affinity for this little powerhouse of a computer, but was never particularly pleased with the choices for housing the unit. 

I have gone from no housing at all, just letting it sit on my lab bench, to trying several of the inexpensive ABS cases available on the market.  I was never pleased with any of these choices. The "naked bench top" approach always left the computer exposed to mayhem, and the ABS cases never fit quite correctly, making installing and removing the SD cards difficult, not to mention removing the board from the cases, an exercise in frustration.

So I went on a quest for a quality case and found the C4 Labs family of products. I purchased a Zebra Black Ice case and was immediately impressed with both the physical design and the design aesthetics. You do have to assemble the case, which takes about 10 minutes, but it is well worth the effort. The case not only provides substantial protection for the RPi, but is truly a thing of beauty. Its rounded corners, and color accent make me smile each time I see or pick up the case. That is not something I had ever gotten from working with the RPi before.

The case comes with a set of heat sinks, as well as a set of soft feet. It allows access to GPIO pins, the DSI display connector and CSI camera connector. It provides for air flow on both the top and bottom, and has holes for screw mounting the case if desired.

If that wasn't enough, C4 Labs provides wonderful, personal,  customer service. I had some questions and not only were they answered and resolved quickly, but C4 Labs went over and beyond to make sure that I was satisfied. This is a rare thing these days.

I highly recommend this case for its protection, design integrity, quality construction, and aesthetics. If you too want to smile when you use your RPi, check out C4 Labs cases.

NOTE: I am not an employee of C4 Labs, nor have they solicited for this review, I am just one happy customer.