BBC micro:bit - STEM Coding Made Simple
BBC micro:bit - STEM Coding Made Simple
The perfect way to get children coding! The BBC micro:bit STEM is the spiritual successor of the BBC Micro of the 1980s, which itself introduced a generation of children to computing. The BBC microbit carries on this 30 year tradition and does it 18 times faster and is 70 times smaller than its predecessor.
Coding with the BBC microbit is a breeze. The Microsoft PXT system, allows you to either write code in micropython, or use a drag and drop based approach using a series of “blocks”. Don’t let this simplicity fool you though. These are powerful microcontrollers, based around a 32 bit ARM Cortex-M0! Wirelessly connect and interact with the world around you. Use Bluetooth Low Energy to connect to mobile phones and tablets, take a selfie or drive the music in your playlists.
The BBC micro:bit also features on board accelerometer and compass sensors, Bluetooth Low Energy and USB connectivity. It has a display consisting of 25 LEDs, two programmable buttons and it can be powered by either USB or an external battery pack. Because the device inputs and outputs are through five ring connectors that are part of the 21-pin edge connector. It is extremely easy to add connections to the outside world.
Your BBC micro:bit will come in one of 4 colour schemes, unfortunately, it is not possible to specify which colour you will receive.
- USB and Bluetooth Low energy connectivity.
- Compass and Accelerometer.
- 2 x user assignable buttons.
- A 25 LED display.
- 21 pin edge connector.
micro:bit Board Dimensions:
- Length: 52mm.
- Width: 42mm.
- Height: 11.7mm.
Addtional micro:bit Support:
On our YouTube Channel, you will find a range of interesting video tutorials. A firm favourite is the automatic plant watering system which we use in all of the office plants. Or why not create a realistic flame to use in your next Halloween pumpkin?
Proto-PIC are the originators of a full range of micro:bit accessories. Including the incredibly colourful BBC Micro bit micro:pixel – a neopixel add on for the micro:bit. Also to the BBC Micro bit exhi:bit board – a development system board that breaks out all the pins of the micro:bit. However, we carry a full range of all micro:bit accessories available!
My kids love this. Bought this and the batbit for power and has kept us busy for hours!
This has all the basic parts you need to get going with the microbit, theres a wealth of info on the microbit website if you need anymore info. I chose this over the microbit go kit as it also comes with the crocodile clips which become very neccesary very quickly for most projects.
Thoroughly enjoying experimenting with this with my 10 year old who loves it too. He's programmed a buggy via Bluetooth and I think this is a great starter micro-controller before going to something more advanced like an arduino or Rasp Pi. Its easy to use, and so many things can be learnt - programming using block languages to full on c and c++, robotics and harware control with PWM, GPIO etc. It can even be used to control scratch characters. A fabulous piece of kit, and proto-pic has become my favourite place to purchase items - not just for the speed of delivery, which is superb, but also for the little bags of haribo! Awesome.
This is my second Microbit and they are a great way to learn about micro controllers. Everything you need is in one small device that connects to any phone/ computer via Bluetooth or cable.
My son is now learnign this at school so we bought a couple for him to try things out at home. It really is impressive. The leds on the back can allow him to print little emoji like faces and messages but arent really laid out well enough to create instantly recognisable letters and numbers - other than that, great!
The BBC have outdone themselves here. Its a great fun board, my 7 year old is able to make things blink and flash and is now better at programming than I am.