Lesson 1 – Explore the Capabilities Of The BBC micro:bit

This lesson is optional and is intended at giving you a deeper understanding of the capabilities of the BBC micro:bit.

However, if you rather dive into the code, feel free to skip this tutorial and head over to the next one. If not, buckle up and lets get started!!!!

Input and output devices –

Let’s check out some input and output projects – Link

LED’s –

Let’s check out some LED projects – Link

Buttons –

Let’s check out some button projects – Link

Radio –

Let’s check out some radio projects – Link

Accelerometer –

Let’s check out some accelerometer projects – Link

Compass –

Let’s check out some compass projects – Link

Light Sensor –

Let’s check out some light sensor projects – Link

Temperature Sensor –

Let’s check out some temperature sensor projects – Link

Input and Output Pins –

Let’s check out some input and output projects – Link

Sound –

Let’s check out some sound projects – Link

USB Interface –

Processor –

If you are interested in exploring, learning more about the BBC micro:bit, then check out these videos by Shawn Hymel – Behind the Makecode Hardware.


Setup –

  1. Before we get started with coding in using the micro:bit let’s take sometime to learn about the micro:bit and what one might be able to do with it.
  2. The following articles will help you understand the absolute fundamentals of the BBC micro:bit.
  3. Clicking on the each of the links above opens them up in a new window.
    1. What is the BBC micro:bit
    2. First steps with the BBC micro:bit
    3. The five minute BBC micro:bit guide
    4. A parents complete guide to the BBC micro:bit
    5. A detailed introduction to the BBC micro:bit
    6. Options for powering up the BBC micro:bit
    7. Transferring a program onto the BBC micro:bit
    8. Using the Microsoft makecode editor to start writing code on the BBC micro:bit
  4. We would recommend that you spend sometime listening to the videos listed on this page and also read through the documentation linked above.
  5. An understanding of what the BBC micro:bit can do combined with howto power-up and code the BBC micro:bit is essential knowledge to be able to continue working on rest of the tutorials in this development track.

Prerequisites –

  1. This tutorial makes extensive use of the BBC micro:bit.
  2. If you haven’t purchased a BBC micro:bit yet you might want to head over and pick one up now.
  3. We would recommend that you pick up the BBC micro:bit, BBC micro:bit breakout board and a breadboard.
  4. The BBC micro:bit breakout board and breadboard makes working with the BBC micro:bit a lot easier.
  5. We will be using the official BBC Makecode Block editor to write code for all our tutorials.

Reference –

  1. To learn more about the BBC micro:bit please visit – <Link>
  2. To learn more about global re-sellers of the BBC micro:bit please please visit – <Link>

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