What is the Hover:bit?
The Hover:bit is a rechargeable, remote controlled hovercraft made from cardboard, plywood, micro:bit microcomputer and powerful drone motors. It is made to help you discover how creative you can be and will teach you coding, craftsmanship, electronics and design. The Hover:bit bridges the gap between the digital and the physical computing worlds. As part of your kit you will receive step by step instructions on how to build, code and drift the Hover:bit.
Explainer video here
Everyone can learn how to code!
Using the well-established and super accessible micro:bit microcomputer platform from the BBC, anyone can start coding using their web browser, by following our step by step coding instructions. Just want to build and drive? No problem - just download the readymade codes and apps.
Cut the plastic, cut cardboard!
Make a cool raft from cutting out the Hover:bit cardboard box. Choose between four rudder designs or even make your own! Experiment with your own shapes using spare cardboard pieces from home. You can even turn it into a boat using a Styrofoam block*
Powerful radio control included in the micro:bit
Did you know that the micro:bit has a great radio? Not only can you code your own remote controller, you can also receive data back, including battery level, acceleration and g-force. Teachers will love the graphs contained inside make:code, where you can see the data in real time.
Compatible with the Air:bit, the micro:bit drone
Great news if you already own or have ordered an Air:bit drone or are planning to get one! With a small "add on kit" you can build and code them both the drone and the hovercraft. We previously launched crowdfunding with the Air:bit to micro:bit enthusiasts all over the world and we have received amazing feedback from them.
Hover:bit is constructed in such a way to be as easy to modify as possible. With only some cardboard, scissors or a craft knife you can design and construct just the way you like.
Is Hover:bit suitable for schools?
Definitely. Hover:bit has already been tested in schools. Students can design their own rafts, skirt and rudder plus the kit can be reused. As a teacher you might already have a number of micro:bits around which could be utilised!
Full Indiegogo launch video here
All our kits are designed, developed and produced in Norway with cooperation between two local factories: One for PCB assembly and one for laser cutting and packing.
Our production partners:
Hapro Electronix - production of the MakeKit multi:bit circuit board
GOTT - production and packaging
Meet the Team
The Hover:bit and Air:bit are designed and produced by MakeKit AS a Norwegian company founded in March 2019 by Henning Pedersen and Steinar Holøs. They make DIY kits that teach enable young people to master technology and provide them with a greater understanding through engagement and cross-curriculum problem-based STE(A)M learning. They are located and produce the kits in Oslo, Norway.
The team also includes:
- Jonas Westli – Marketing and SoMe
- Stefan Sørlie Oure – PR and video
- Connie Sylliaas - Shipping and administration
- Øystein Berge - Electronics in manufacturing
- Bao Marianna Ngyen - Product tester and UX advisor
*Needs to be purchased separately