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Accurate measurement with a micro:bit

Accurate measurement is critical to our everyday lives, and yet it is often taken for granted. When I buy petrol, I am assuming that the petrol pump is accurately measuring the petrol going into my car. This means that I pay the correct amount of money. Buying food is similar. If I buy 2 kg of sausages from a butcher, or a 400 g can of tomatoes from the supermarket I am relying on accurate measurement to make sure that I get what I paid for. When designing a house, an architect makes careful calculations and specifies measurements on the plans. This means that the builder knows what size all the parts have to be for the house to be built. If either the architect or the builder are not accurate with their measurements, the house will not be built correctly and may fall down. Measurement is so important that there are laws governing it1....