Skill level: Beginner
Projects: Over 200
The micro:bit is a handheld, programmable micro-computer designed to help kids learn to code and create interactive robots, games, animations, toys, musical instruments and more.
There are over 200 different activities and resources to try, from easy experiments to creative coding challenges.
It comes with 25 red LED lights that can flash messages and two programmable buttons that can be used to control games or pause and skip songs on a playlist. The micro:bit can even detect motion and tell you which direction you’re heading. It can also use Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) to interact with other devices and the Internet.
The micro:bit features an embedded compass, accelerometer, mobile, and web-based programming capabilities. It is compatible with a number of online code editors across a number of different languages.
Quick Start Guide
Macs, PCs, Chromebooks and Linux systems (including Raspberry Pi) are all supported.
Mobile apps for micro:bit
Send code to your micro:bit from your mobile device using Bluetooth, no wires needed! Just make sure that your micro:bit is powered up and within easy reach of the phone or tablet running the app.
Important Note! The micro:bit does not include any cables or power sources. This is just the board. We recommend picking up a micro:bit AA battery holder or a micro USB cable to power the board.
- Microcontroller — The brains of the outfit. The micro:bit is powered by a 16MHz ARM Cortex-M0 microcontroller with 256KB Flash and 16KB RAM.
- Accelerometer/Compass — The micro:bit has an onboard accelerometer that measures gravitational force, as well as a compass that can detect its orientation using Earth’s magnetic field.
- Bluetooth/Radio — Communication is huge with the micro:bit. You can communicate with your phone or tablet using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) or between two or more micro:bits using the standard “radio”
- Temperature Sensor — No, the drawing is not numbered incorrectly! The microcontroller doubles as a temperature sensor!
- USB Port — used to upload code to your micro:bit or power from your computer or laptop.
- Reset Button — A button to reset your micro:bit and start your code over from the beginning.
- JST Battery Connector — A connector to hook up an external battery pack to your micro:bit.
Find a curriculum to meet your teaching needs.
We recommend trying micro:bit with the free visual programming language Scratch.
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micro:bit safety guide from the BBC micro:bit foundation website.
WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD - Small parts
Not for children under 3 yrs