The BBC micro:bit is a small programmable computer with a LED display, compass, motion detector and Bluetooth communications built in.
This kit includes the micro:bit, the USB cable and the battery pack so you can get started coding immediately. More than just a device, the micro:bit is the essential part of a complete learning ecosystem with teaching aids and games thatn transform leraning into a fun experience for youngters 11 years old and up. The Microsoft Block Editor can be found on the BBC web site and is the easyest way to get coding.
The BBC micro:bit measures 4cm by 5cm, is available in a range of colours, and designed to be fun and easy to use. It can be coded with something simple in seconds – like lighting up its LEDs or displaying a pattern – with no prior knowledge of computing.
It also connects to other devices, sensors, kits and objects, and is a companion to Arduino, Galileo, Kano, littleBits and Raspberry Pi, acting as a spring board to more complex learning.
Each element is completely programmable via easy-to-use software on a dedicated website microbit.org, that can be accessed from a PC, tablet or mobile.
A personal area on the website allows users to save and test creations in a simulator before they are transferred to the BBC micro:bit, and the available tools scale to be as complex as ideas, imagination and skills require.
- A 32-bit ARM® Cortex™ M0 CPU, many times more powerfull than th first PCs.
- A 5×5 LED matrix with 25 red LEDs that can display animiated patterns, scrolling text and more.
- Two programmable buttons. Use them to start interact or start things happening.
- An On-board motion detector that can detect movements like shake, tilt or free-fall
- A built-in compass to sense which direction you’re facing and your movement in degrees and detect the presence of certain metals or magnets.
- Connect the micro:bit to other micro:bits, devices, phones, tablets, cameras with the built in Bluetooth® wireles communications.
- The micro:bit is seen as a memory stick when connected to a computer.
- Five Ring Input and Output (I/O)for aligator clip connections.
- 20 pin edge connector: Allows the micro:bit to be connected to other devices.
- One System reset switch.