Lesson 1 – Introduction to the BBC micro:bit

Study Videos –



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. The five minute BBC micro:bit guide
    3. A parents complete guide to the BBC micro:bit
    4. A detailed introduction to the BBC micro:bit
    5. Options for powering up the BBC micro:bit
    6. Transferring a program onto the BBC micro:bit
    7. 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.

Hardware Prerequisites –

  1. BBC micro:bit –
    1. This development track 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 to OzToyLib and pick one up now.
    3. We would recommend that you pick up the BBC micro:bit kit which comes with a battery pack, usb cable and the real micro:bit.
    4. We will be using the official online python editor to write code for all our tutorials. No investment required here.
  2. Wearable Kit –
    1. You will need a Tobbie II robot for BBC micro:bit.
    2. You can pick one up from OzToyLib.
  3. You can also look up each of these products at your local electronics hobby store.

About Tobie II Robot –

Tobbie II is a hexapod robot that can walk, sing, dance, follow, light up in different colors and do much more. Tobbie II is based on the BBC micro:bit and can be put easily assembled from the parts provided. With Tobbie II you can translate your creativity into a variety of projects and activities. The possibilities are truly endless !!! All the benefits of the dynamic micro:bit have been integrated into the Tobbie II Robot. Tobbie II is a build-it-yourself hexiped robot with a 360 degree free-rotation body.  The Tobbie II kit includes all the electronic components, a motor and an IR sensor which can be used to create interactive projects. Tobbie II and micro:bit are an ideal combination to introduce you to the world of coding. You will program with ease in Javascript Blocks Editor or Python Editor (for more advanced coders) on your computer, laptop, smartphone or tablet.


About BBC micro:bit –

The Micro Bit (also referred to as BBC Micro Bit, stylised as micro:bit) is an ARM-based embedded system designed by the BBC for use in computer education in the UK. The board is 4 cm × 5 cm and has an ARM Cortex-M0 processor, accelerometer and magnetometer sensors, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, a display consisting of 25 LEDs, two programmable buttons, and can be powered by either USB or an external battery pack. The device inputs and outputs are through five ring connectors that are part of the 23-pin edge connector at the bottom of the board. The micro:bit can be programmed using the Microsoft Block code program editor which is similar to the block based language Scratch ideal for 7-12 year olds. The micro:bit can also be programmed using the Makecode editor in Javascript and Python which allows for older kids to learn the Javascript and Python programming language using the micro:bit.

This development track makes extensive use of the BBC micro:bit. If you haven’t purchased a BBC micro:bit yet you might want to head over to OzToyLib and pick one up now.

You can read more about the BBC micro:bit at the microbit website. Also see Kitronik’s resources here – Parents Complete Guide To The BBC micro:bit.

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