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BBC micro:bit Board

The BBC micro:bit is a pocket-sized computer that lets you get creative with digital technology. Each order contains just the micro:bit board.
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DESCRIPTION

The BBC micro:bit is a pocket-sized computer that lets you get creative with digital technology. Each order contains just the micro:bit board. You can code, customize and control your micro:bit from anywhere! You can use your micro:bit for all sorts of unique creations, from robots to musical instruments and more. At half the size of a credit card, you will be surprised at the amount of hardware each board is equipped with, including 25 red LED lights that can flash messages. There are two programmable buttons that can be used to control games or pause and skip songs on a playlist. The micro:bit can even detect motion and tell you which direction you’re heading. It can also use Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) to interact with other devices and the Internet.

Taking a closer look at the front of the board, we can see the 5x5 LED array that you can use as a light sensor, a tiny screen to draw on, display words, numbers and other information, and the two programmable buttons! On the back of the board you will find the brains of the micro:bit, a 16MHz, 32-bit ARM Cortex-M0 microcontroller with 256KB Flash, 16KB RAM and a built-in temperature sensor. Additionally, the back of the micro:bit is populated by an accelerometer, compass and Bluetooth Smart antenna, as well as a microUSB and two-pin JST connector for different power options. Finally, at the bottom of the board you will find 20 gold-tabbed edge pins and five ring connectors (three for digital/analog I/O, two for power and ground) for hooking up external components. The tabs with larger holes can be easily used with alligator clips to prototype added components quickly.

 

NOTES

  • This micro:bit version does not include any cables or power sources. This is just the board. We recommend picking up a micro USB cable as well to power your board. You can see all available Kits here.

Micro:bit has even supplied an intuitive mobile app that lets you send your code to your micro:bit over Bluetooth (without using a USB cable) and more. With this app you will be able to interact with your micro:bit on a higher level of accessibility.

Its size is smaller than the size of a credit card, just 4 x 5 cm.

EXTRA SPECIFICATIONS

  • 32-bit ARM Cortex-M0 CPU
  • 256KB Flash
  • 16KB RAM
  • 5x5 Red LED Array
  • Two Programmable Buttons
  • Onboard Light, Compass, Accelerometer and Temp Sensors
  • BLE Smart Antenna
  • Three Digital/Analog Input/Output Rings
  • Two Power Rings — 3V and GND
  • 20-pin Edge Connector
  • MicroUSB Connector
  • JST-PH Battery Connector (Not JST-XH)
  • Reset Button with Status LED
  • Dimensions: 52 x 42 x 11.7mm

FEATURES

The micro-bit capabilities do not end here; at the bottom of the board there are 20 pins for additional device interconnection with additional components and sensors.

Intermediate of the 20 pins there are 5 circular pins which, 3 are for connecting digital or analog sensors and the other 2 for the feed.

These 5 circular pins are of this size so they can be connected with crocodiles with the other components.

The micro: bit is easily programmed by children using Microsoft MakeCode.

For programming micro: bit you can even use python editor, block editor Microsoft and IOS app or Android app.

VIDEO

Getting Started with micro:bit Part 1: Say Hello

With the micro:bit coming to America, we wanted to share how easy it was to develop for this little board from the BBC. Four programming languages are officially supported by the micro:bit, and we focus on the MakeCode block editor from Microsoft, as it is easily accessible by grade school students and adults alike. In this episode, we show you how to connect your micro:bit and upload a simple program that scrolls "Hello!" across the LED array and displays an image when a button is pressed.