BBC micro:bit – The perfect way to get children coding! – STEM Product
The BBC micro:bit 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.
- Length: 52mm.
- Width: 42mm.
- Height: 11.7mm.
- Computer with Internet access.
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 office plants. Or why not create a realistic flame to use in your next halloween pumpkin?
Within our Proto-Pic Academy you will find interesting courses on many related topics! However, do you have a particular design challenge or coding issue? Then don’t panic, Proto-Pic have a dedicated tech team with many years of experience in programming and building STEM projects that are ready to assist you. A great way to get microbit related support is on our Forum page.
Proto-PIC are the originators of a full range of micro:bit accessories. Including the incredibly colourful micro:pixel – a neopixel add on for the micro:bit. Also to the 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!