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micro:bit for a 10 Year Old

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micro:bit Intro

Alex Patterson September 17, 2020

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.
https://support.microbit.org/support/solutions/articles/19000013983-what-is-a-micro-bit-

Where to Purchase

One of my favorite places to purchase micro:bit and accessories is adafruit.https://www.adafruit.com/category/932

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

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

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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

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Unboxing

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

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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

https://microbit.org is the main site but there is an area that will take you to https://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.

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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.

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