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.
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
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.