At around $30 the BBC micro:bit is affordable for all students enabling them to participate in the digital world!
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What is a micro:bit?
The new and improved BBC micro:bit V2.21 has some great new features including a microphone, speaker and touch sensitive logo, and useful improvements including power indicator, notched edge connector for easier use of alligator clips and a power off button. Features shared with the version 1 can be found below.
25 individually-programmable LEDs: The micro:bit has 25 individually-programmable LEDs on its board, allowing you to display text, numbers, and images.
2 programmable buttons: There are two buttons on the front of the micro:bit (labelled A and B). You can detect when these buttons are pressed, allowing you to trigger code on the device.
Physical connection pins: The microbit has 25 external connectors on the edge connector, which we refer to as 'pins'. You can program motors, LEDs, or other electrical components with these pins, or connect extra sensors to control your code!
Light sensor: By reversing the LEDs of the screen to become an input, the LED screen works as a basic light sensor, allowing you to detect ambient light.
Temperature sensor: This sensor allows the micro bit to detect the current temperature of the device, in degrees and Celsius.
Accelerometer: An accelerometer measures the acceleration of your micro:bit; this component senses when the micro:bit is moved. It can also detect other actions, e.g. shake, tilt, and free-fall.
Wireless Communication, via Radio: The micro:bit has a radio feature which allows you to communicate wirelessly between microbits. Use the radio to send messages to other microbits, build multiplayer games, and much more!
Wireless Communication, via Bluetooth: BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) allows the micro:bit to control phones and tablets over Bluetooth. This communication works both ways, so you can also send code to your micro:bit wirelessly from your phone using one of our apps. Other apps, such as Swift Playgrounds and Scratch, use Bluetooth to talk to the micro:bit.
USB interface: The USB interface allows you to connect the micro:bit to your computer via a micro-USB cable, which will power the device and allow you to download programs onto the micro:bit.
You can do a lot with a BBC microbit but you can do so much more when you combine it with a microbit project kit and accessories. We've carefully selected project kits and accessories from world leading manufactures including 4tronix, DF Robot, Elecfreaks, Kitronik, Monk Makes, Seeed and Sparkfun to create a one stop shop for you.
The BBC micro:bit has been developed and supported worldwide by the Micro:bit Educational Foundation whose aim is to “inspire every child to create their best digital future”. The micro:bit foundation in collaboration with educators around the world have created a strong, supportive community where teaches and educators have free access to lessons, projects and technical support.