The BBC micro:bit is a powerful pocket sized codeable computer that comes packed with an array of sensors that include motion detection, a built-in compass, temperature sensor, LED’s with light sensing capability, an accelerometer, a radio for communication and to top it all a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) module. The BBC micro:bit was designed and manufactured to be given away free to every child in year 7 or equivalent across the UK in 2016 by the BBC. The BBC micro:bit was a collaboration between 29 partners and has been the BBC’s most ambitious education initiative in 30 years, with an ambition to inspire digital creativity and develop a new generation of tech pioneers across the United Kingdom. The BBC micro:bit was designed with the aim to inspire young people to get creative with digital technology and develop core skills in science, technology and engineering.
What are some of the features of the BBC micro:bit – The BBC micro:bit was designed to get children around the UK started on their STEM learning and to facilitate that it comes packed with a bunch of features. Here’s a summary of the key features of the BBC micro:bit –
- 25 individually-programmable LEDs.
- 2 programmable buttons.
- Physical connection pins.
- Light and temperature sensors.
- Motion sensors (accelerometer and compass)
- Wireless Communication, via Radio and Bluetooth.
- USB interface.
Read more about the BBC micro:bit here – https://microbit.org/guide/features/.
- The Block Editor also called as the MakeCode editor was primarily designed for working with laptops and Personal Computers. The micro:bit foundation however also offers applications for mobile devices that allow you to program the BBC micro:bit from a mobile device i.e. Andriod and Apple. We would however strongly recommend using a laptop or a personal computer when programming the BBC micro:bit. Read more at the micro:bit website.
- MicroPython is a completely text-based editor, perfect for those who want to push their coding skills further. A selection of ‘snippets’ are on hand to help auto-complete trickier tasks and a range of pre-made images and music are built-in to give you a helping hand with your code. Read more at the micro:bit website.
So What Can You Do with the BBC micro:bit – The BBC micro:bit offers 7-14 year olds a great way to get started with their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) learning journey. The BBC micro:bit is designed with kids in mind and has a mature ecosystem around it i.e. hardware, software, support, etc. Here’s some possible ways you might consider getting your child started with their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) learning journey.
- Using the block based editor to start exploring the fundamentals of coding. The BBC micro:bit is an excellent way to get started with exploring the world of coding using a block based programming approach.
- Interact with the real world using the sensors on-board the BBC micro:bit i.e. light sensors, temperature sensors, compass, accelerometer, etc.
- Connect up two micro:bits and get them to send messages to each other. Nothing like sending messages between two micro:bit across the room.
- Code simple or complex interactive games using the BBC micro:bit and play them using the LED’s and buttons built into the BBC micro:bit. The LED’s and buttons build into the micro:bit make it a totally interactive experience.
- Connect up the BBC micro:bit with a breakout board and use it to explore the world of electronics using one of our micro:bit electronics starter kits
- Turn it up a notch higher and explore the world of robotics. Grab one our of robotics kits, plugin in the BBC micro:bit and start exploring the world of robotics.
Explore free tutorial and development tracks for BBC micro:bit and other platforms at our LMS (Learning Management System) – KidzCanCode.
So what do you need to get started – The BBC micro:bit is a great STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) educational platform. Here’s a list of recommended products to get your child started on their STEM learning journey.
- BBC micro:bit
- Electronics kit to explore the world of electronics
- Robotics kits to start exploring the world of robotics
Head over to KidzCanCode to explore Explore free tutorials and development tracks for BBC micro:bit and other platforms. If you have any questions, comments or need guidance please feel free to reach out to us at oztoylib at hack2 dot live or use the contact form at this website.