micro:bit Intro

micro:bit Intro

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Alex Patterson

3/22/2021

Last Updated: 8/4/2021

Intro

What is a micro:bit

It is a pocket-sized computer 70 times smaller and 18 times faster than the original BBC Micro computers used in schools.

  • It has 25 red LED lights that can flash messages and be used to create games.
  • There are two programmable buttons that can be used to control games or pause and skip songs on a playlist.
  • It has an accelerometer so it can detect motion and knows when you’re on the move.
  • The built-in compass knows which direction you’re heading in and…
  • It can use a low energy Bluetooth connection to interact with other devices and the Internet. You can find more information on the hardware in our guide What is a miro:bit

One of my favorite places to purchase micro:bit and accessories is adafruit

For a full list checkout the micro:bit website, make sure to sort by your country to see what is available.

For this unboxing I purchased micro:bit go kit, Pocket-Sized, programmable Computer with Cable and Battery Pack from Amazon

I would also recommend picking up some some alligator clips for some of the fun tutorials.Haitronic Unique 2 in 1 Alligator Clip to Dupont Wire 10pin 20cm Male, Crocodile Clip to Jumper Wire 10pin 20cm Female for Test Lead Arduino/Raspberry pi/Orange pi/Makey Makey/BBC Micro: bit

When you receive your micro:bit you will be itching to get up and running, it is really a very basic

Inside (if you purchased the BBC micro:bit go) you will find a micro:bit, usb cable, and battery pack.

Hook micro:bit to Computer

All you need to do is plug a usb A into your computer, then place the micro USB type B into your micro:bit

micro:bit hookup

Makecode

microbit.org is the main site but there is an area that will take you to makecode.microbit.org which is the main site to start programming your new micro:bit. Start with something basic like the flashing heart, this will provide you with an awesome interactive guide to start learning.

With the latest update you can select which language you would like to learn and start a tutorial, for younger kids I would recommend Blocks. Since we focus a lot on web solutions at CodingCatDev I would recommend using the JavaScript tutorial as well.