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BBC micro:bit

The BBC micro:bit is a pocket-sized codeable computer which is super easy to use and can be used across the curriculum, not just STEM subjects. It is a great programmable platform for anyone of any age. The simplicity of the micro:bit makes it an easy starting point for early year groups but it can also be a powerful tool for experienced coders, it can be coded with JavaScript, MicroPython, Microsoft Block Editor and Microsoft Touch Develop.

See our list of accessories for the BBC micro:bit

The micro:bit has a lot of features, like 25 red LED lights on the front of it which can flash messages. There are two programmable buttons that can be programed to control games or even pause and skip songs on a playlist. It can detect motion and tell you which direction you're heading by its built in accelerometer and magnetometer, and it can use a low energy Bluetooth connection to connect and interact with other devices and the internet.

Packs & Bundles Available

Features

  • 25 individually-programmable LEDs: The micro:bit has 25 individually-programmable LEDs, allowing you to display text, numbers, and images.
  • 2 programmable buttons: There are two buttons on the front of the micro:bit (labelled A and B). You can detect when these buttons are pressed, allowing you to trigger code on the device.
  • Physical connection pins: There are 25 external connectors on the edge connector of the micro:bit, which we refer to as 'pins'. Program motors, LEDs, or other electrical components with the pins, or connect extra sensors to control your code!
  • Light sensor: By reversing the LEDs of the screen to become an input, the LED screen works as a basic light sensor, allowing you to detect ambient light.
  • Temperature sensor: This sensor allows the micro:bit to detect the current temperature of the device, in degrees and Celsius.
  • Accelerometer: An accelerometer measures the acceleration of your micro:bit; this component senses when the micro:bit is moved. It can also detect other actions, e.g. shake, tilt, and free-fall.
  • Wireless Communication, via Radio: The radio feature allows you to communicate wirelessly between micro:bits. Use the radio to send messages to other micro:bits, build multiplayer games, and much more!
  • Wireless Communication, via Bluetooth: BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) allows the micro:bit to control phones and tablets over Bluetooth. This communication works both ways, so you can also send code to your micro:bit wirelessly from your phone using one of our apps. Other apps, such as Swift Playgrounds and Scratch, use Bluetooth to talk to the micro:bit.
  • USB interface: The USB interface allows you to connect the micro:bit to your computer via a micro-USB cable, which will power the device and allow you to download programs onto the micro:bit.

Programming

MakeCode Editor

The MakeCode editor provided by Microsoft makes it easy to program your micro:bit with blocks and JavaScript.

micro:bit has recently updated their editor, with the previous version still available for anyone that needs it. If you have any issues accessing the editor, check that it isn't blocked in your school.

MakeCode Editor Resources

 

Python Editor

Our Python editor is perfect for those who want to push their coding skills further. A selection of snippets and a range of premade images and music give you a helping hand with your code. Powered by the global Python Community.

Python Editor Resources

 

Applications

The micro:bit apps let you send code to your micro:bit wirelessly using Bluetooth. No leads needed! Learn more about using Applications.
Download The BBC micro:bit app for your Android device using the Google Play App.
Program the micro:bit using the MakeCode editor on your Windows 10 device. In addition to the familiar features of the web editor, the app lets you program your micro:bit over USB (without needing to drag-and-drop the file onto the micro:bit drive) and directly read serial data from your micro:bit for data logging and other fun experiments!
Learn to code the micro:bit in Swift with our interactive 'book' for iPad. Discover the fundamentals of code while having fun with your micro:bit!

Includes

1x BBC micro:bit board with Quick Start Guide - A pocket-sized codeable computer which is super easy to use and can be used across the curriculum.

 

Specifications

  • Size: approx. 5cm x 4cm
  • Weight: 8g
  • Microprocessor: 32-bit ARM® Cortex™ M0 CPU
  • A 5x5 LED matrix with 25 red LEDs to light up and can display animiated patterns, scrolling text and alphanumeric characters
  • Two programmable buttons. Use them as a games controller, or control music on a smart phone
  • On-board motion detector or 3-AXIS digital accelerometer that can detect movement e.g. shake, tilt or free-fall and use it to control motion activated games
  • A built-in compass, 3D magnetometer to sense which direction you're facing and your movement in degrees and detect the presence of certain metals and magnets
  • Bluetooth® Smart Technology. Connect the micro:bit to other micro:bits, devices, phones, tablets, cameras and other everday objects
  • Five Ring Input and Output (I/O) including power (PWR), ground (GRD) and 3 x I/O. The micro:bit can read values from sensors and control things like motors or robots
  • 20 pin edge connector: This allows the micro:bit to be connected to other devices such as Raspberry Pi, Arduino, Galileo and Kano through a standard connector
  • Micro-USB controller: This is controlled by a separate processor and presents the micro:bit to a computer as a memory stick
  • System LED x 1 yellow
  • System push button switch x 1
 
Packs & Bundles for The BBC micro:bit
 
Accessories for the BBC micro:bit
Invention
Kitronik Inventors Kit 
SparkFun Arcade Kit
Boson Starter Kit
SparkFun Weather Station
Monk Makes Electronics Kit
Elecfreaks Tinker Kit
Sensor
SparkFun weather:bit
Monk Makes Sensor Board
Elecfreaks Sonar:bit
Monk Makes CO2 Sensor
SparkFun Soil Moisture Sensor
Elecfreaks Sensor:bit
Expansion
DF Robot Boson Expansion Board
SparkFun Breakout Board
Elecfreaks Breadboard Adapter
SparkFun gamer:bit
Elecfreaks Breadboard Kit
Monk Makes Relay for the BBC micro:bit
Kitronik :GAME ZIP 64
SparkFun gator:bit v2.0
Elecfreaks Edge:bit
Power
Kitronik Mi:power board
CR2032 Coin Battery
Pro-Elec Alkaline Batteries
Alligator Clips with 2.1 DC Power plug
USB to Micro Braided Cable (100cm)
2x AAA Battery Cage with JST connector & switch
Alligator Clips & Lead -10 Pack
Elecfreaks Power Supply Module
Elecfreaks 3V Vertical Water Pump
Motion
4tronix Bit:Bot
Elecfreaks Joystick:bit
Kitronik :Move mini Buggy
SparkFun moto:bit
Kitronik 16 Servo Driver Board
Elecfreaks Motor:bit
Feetech Micro Servo
DF Robot Max:Bot
Monk Makes Servo
Elecfreaks mBot Robot Board
Monk Makes Servo Kit
DF Robot micro: Maqueen
Light
Kitronik ZIP Halo
300 Piece LED Kit
Monk Makes 7-Segment Display
Monk Makes RGB LED
Kitronik STOP:bit
Kitronik Electro-Fashion Sewable ZIP LED
Kitronik LAMP:bit
Kitronik ZIP Hex LED
DF Robot Circular RGB LED Expansion Board
Sound
Monk Makes Speaker for micro:bit
Audio Cable for micro:bit
3V Piezo Buzzer
Kitronik :KLEF Piano
Kitronik 0.25W 8 Ohm 40mm Thin Speaker
Protection
Elecfreaks Clear Case
Kitronik Mi:pro Case
Kitronik Mi:pro Case for the Mi:power board
Wearable
Kitronik Electro-Fashion Sewable ZIP LED
Kitronik Electro Fashion E-Textiles Kit
Wearables Class Kit
BBC micro:bit
BBC micro:bit Go
BBC micro:bit EX

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