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Freezing a CodeBug in liquid Nitrogen

The cold winter nights are rolling in fast, and led us to wonder if CodeBug could survive the sub-zero freezing temperatures of a bath of liquid Nitrogen!

Frozen CodeBug

This week we demonstrated our Frozen Pi rig (which had previously appeared on BBC Four and Blue Peter) to inspire youngsters about engineering as part of the IET Christmas lectures. The lecture was presented by Danielle George, who talked about the postive impact engineers had on society.

She wowed the audience by illuminating a lightbulb, without its glass housing, immersed in liquid nitrogen. Danielle used the nitrogen to displace the oxygen in the air which would otherwise cause the filament to burn out.

She kindly allowed us to use the freezing cold liquid nitrogen to try an experiment of our own:

Temperature has some interesting effects on electronics -- look on most component datasheets and they specify the range of temperatures the component will work at. Microchip, who manufacture the microprocessor we use on CodeBug state minimum temperature of -40 degrees, but we were curious just how cold CodeBug could get and continue to operating. Chip datasheet temperatures

Since liquid nitrogen lowers temperature to an eye watering -195 degrees C (77K) it would be a pretty extreme test to see if CodeBug was ready for a cold winter!

Remember! Do not try this at home! Nor do we condone subjecting your CodeBug to abuse!

As you can see in the video, CodeBug worked perfectly and continued to run its program while being submerged. We heard some worrying cracking, but discovered it was only the plastic cover of the USB cable, and CodeBug lived to tell the chilling tale.

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CodeBug Wins Elektra Consumer Product of the Year!

As you may already know, last month CodeBug was entered into Elektra’s ‘Electronic Product of the Year’ award. After a few tense weeks of watching the votes come in, we were unsure who was going to win and by the time the polls closed it was neck and neck! Last Tuesday, at the awards ceremony, it was announced that CodeBug had won! Andrew was there to accept the trophy (along with his trusty CodeBug badge).

Here is Elektra's 2015 Winners page and a photo gallery.

We are so grateful to not only everyone who voted but also everyone who has helped us so far including the Kickstarter backers and everyone who has bought and created something with CodeBug. You’ve all helped us reach this far and we’re very excited about what the future holds for CodeBug.

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CodeBug Translations

Hello! Bonjour! Hallo! Ciao! Hola! Hallå!

CodeBug Blockly translated We are very excited to announce a new feature on the CodeBug website: translations! On the create page you can now select different languages for the programming environment. Language selection

There are still a few things that need translating, but the core functionality is all translated into French, Dutch and Swedish. If you would like to contribute another language or suggest a correction with a translation please contact us.

We hope that this feature will help even more young people get into coding, from all around the world :)

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Halloween is nearly upon us and the spooky spirit is starting to stir. Get into the mood for Halloween by making these Halloween critter costumes for your CodeBug. You can download the templates for the Pumpkin or Ghost critter costumes and follow this guide for more instructions.

Pumpkin critter
Ghost critter

Elsewhere people have been making some rather frightening CodeBug projects. Have a go at making your own CodeBug Halloween project. We want to see what you have been up to, so Tweet a photo with #codebug #halloween

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CodeBug at Maker Faire Rome 2015

CodeBug took a little excursion to Rome last week with our friends at Element14. We taught loads of kids and grown-ups how to code and met lots of interesting people.

CodeBug on the plane to Rome

CodeBug was joined by his big brother Big CodeBug (imaginative naming I know!), who was bubble-wrapped until you couldn't tell what it was any more.

Big CodeBug and Rome Maker Faire stand

CodeBug even managed to get some sightseeing done while in Rome :D CodeBug sightseeing in Rome

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