BBC Micro:bit

BBC Microbit is a tiny computer which can be coded to do a lot of fun things.

You can use your BBC micro:bit for all sorts of cool creations, from robots to musical instruments – the possibilities are endless. The micro:bit is a handheld, fully programmable computer being given free to every Year 7 or equivalent child across the UK. It’s 70 times smaller and 18 times faster than the original BBC Micro computers used in schools in the early 1980s.
This little device has an awful lot of features, like 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. Your BBC micro:bit can detect motion and tell you which direction you’re heading in, and it can use a low energy Bluetooth connection to interact with other devices and the Internet – clever!
There’s more information available here:
There are endless projects to choose from. The video below shows our first project which is a Micropet which greets you, sleeps and gets scared if you shake it.
If you are interested in buying one there’s a list of retailers here:
We quite liked the bundle available on Tech Will Save Us’s website as it came with some additional hardware to extend your project beyond coding just software. e.g. Crocodile clips, a buzzer, sugru, copper tape
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