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Inventor's Kit for the BBC micro:bit

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Get more from the BBC micro:bit with Kitronik's incredible Inventor's kit! The simple way to learn about creating circuits and code.

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Please Note: BBC micro:bit is NOT included. You can buy the Kitronik Inventor's Kit with the BBC micro:bit already included here.

The Kitronik Inventor's Kit for the BBC micro:bit is a great way to get started with programming and hardware interaction with the BBC micro:bit. This Inventor's Kit contains everything you need to complete 10 experiments including using LEDs, motors, LDRs and capacitors.

To get you off to a flying start, we have included an easy to follow tutorial book which guides you through everything you will need to know about programming the BBC micro:bit. You don't need any experience with programming as the tutorial book will guide you every step of the way. You'll be programming and creating circuits in no time!

The Kitronik Inventor's Kit for the BBC micro:bit provides a fantastic way of learning how to construct and control electronic circuits. The BBC micro:bit has a selection of pins that are located on the bottom edge of its PCB (see datasheet below for details). By using our specially designed Edge Connector Board for the BBC micro:bit in conjunction with the breadboard (see below), it is easy to use these pins to connect additional components to the BBC micro:bit.

No soldering is required and you can build your first circuit in minutes!

Note:

  • This kit requires assembly.

Features:

  • No soldering required - build your first circuit in minutes!
  • Make 10 experiments included in the provided step-by-step tutorial book.
  • All parts are included to conduct the 10 experiments (listed below).
  • Breaks out 21 accessible pins from the BBC micro:bit using the Edge Connector Board for the BBC micro:bit (included).
  • Small Prototype Breadboard included for fast prototyping.

Contents:

Video:

 

Requires:

  • 1 x BBC micro:bit.
  • 1 x Phillips Screwdriver.
  • 1 x Terminal Block Screwdriver.
  • 1 x Micro USB Cable.

All of the experiments included in this booklet (listed below) are based on the Microsoft BlockEditor and Microsoft TouchDevelop editor software. We have also produced a MicroPython code example for each of the experiments and Video resources featuring a walk-through and hints and tips to help you complete the experiments.

Inventors Kit Addtional Free Resources:

Exp No#.Experiment Name.Resource Type.
1Say Hello to the BBC micro:bit.Further Help.
2Using an LDR and analog inputs.Full Experiment + Further Help.
3Dimming an LED using a potentiometer.Further Help.
4Using a transistor to drive a motor.Full Experiment + Further Help.
5Using the accelerometer to control motor speed.Further Help.
6Setting the tone with a piezo buzzer.Further Help.
7Wind Power.Full Experiment + Further Help.
8Making a game using the compass.Further Help.
9Capacitor charge circuit.Further Help.
10Using an RGB LED.Further Help.
11Making a pedestrian crossing.Full Experiment + Further Help.
12Making a random dice.Full Experiment + Further Help.
 

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Posted by Susan, Saturday, 7 October 2017 on product Inventor's Kit for the BBC micro:bit
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    A: Hi Susan, We are working hard to get this back into stock, currently we require a part to be delivered before we can complete the kit. Currently we estimate that it will be in stock during w/c 24/7/17. However we do have a very small number of units here which we can send straight out due to a larger order which is waiting on further stock.
    Posted by Michael Lockhart on Tuesday, 11 July 2017
Posted by Kris, Monday, 13 March 2017 on product Inventor's Kit for the BBC micro:bit
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    Hi Kris, I’m sorry to hear you are having difficulties with the motor, however it is very unlikely that the motor is faulty as there is very little that can go wrong with them. The best way to check to see if they motor is working is connect it straight up to say 2 AA batteries. If you are still having issues you can email us at support@kitronik.co.uk.

    Posted by Michael Lockhart on Monday, 13 March 2017
Posted by Joseph Moon, Monday, 6 March 2017 on product Inventor's Kit for the BBC micro:bit
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    Hi Joseph, It is difficult to advise what could be causing the issue, however it is likely that either the terminal block isn’t quiet lined up on the breadboard correctly or the item that is placed onto the motor is to heavy and as such the motor can’t spin. If you send a photo of the circuit and a screenshot of the code to support@kitronik.co.uk we can take a better look and try to help further.

    Posted by Michael Lockhart on Monday, 6 March 2017
Posted by Marc Helfman, Monday, 6 March 2017 on product Inventor's Kit for the BBC micro:bit
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    A: Hi Marc, Information regarding the changes to the booklet can be found here in each individual section, https://www.kitronik.co.uk/blog/kitronik-inventors-kit-resources/. With regards to the description of the ‘While Do’ block I would like to thank you for pointing out the error, we endeavour to ensure all the documents we produce are correct and we have had a slight mad moment at the point this one was created so thank you for pointing this out. We will work on getting this correct for the next version of the booklet and also change this on the website.
    Posted by Michael Lockhart on Monday, 5 June 2017
Posted by Owen Brotherwood, Wednesday, 11 January 2017 on product Inventor's Kit for the BBC micro:bit
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    Hello Owen, The rationale behind the design is this: The micro:bit has 21 connections, however it is not possible to buy a 2 x 21 section of pin header. The 2 x 20 way is however readily available, so the board was designed with the most common connections going to the 20 way break out. As for the two I2C pins, we wanted to include these for more advanced users of the board, but placed them to one side. Anyone that wants to connect to these pins can either permanently solder in to them or add their own pin header.

    Posted by Michael Lockhart on Wednesday, 11 January 2017
Posted by Nai, Monday, 12 December 2016 on product Inventor's Kit for the BBC micro:bit
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    Hi Nai, We are expecting a part to be received mid this week which is required for the kit, we will then being kitting all the parts together and we are hopeful that it will be in stock by Monday 19th. According to Royal Mail the last day that they advise shipping for delivery before Christmas is 21st, UPS will be collecting as normal on the 22nd for next day deliveries (execptions apply), see our delivery page for more information on shipping.

    Posted by Michael Lockhart on Monday, 12 December 2016
Posted by Jo Holland, Monday, 12 December 2016 on product Inventor's Kit for the BBC micro:bit
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    Hi Jo,We are expecting a part to be received mid this week which is required for the kit, we will then being kitting all the parts together and we are hopeful that it will be in stock by Monday 19th. According to Royal Mail the last day that they advise shipping for delivery before Christmas is 21st, UPS will be collecting as normal on the 22nd for next day deliveries, see our delivery page for more information on shipping.

    Posted by Michael Lockhart on Monday, 12 December 2016
Posted by Annie, Tuesday, 30 August 2016 on product Inventor's Kit for the BBC micro:bit
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    Hi Annie, We are currently awaiting a part that is used within the inventor’s kit to come in. We currently estimate that the kits will be back in stock w/c 15/9/16, however to ensure stock is reserved we would recommend placing the order early.

    Posted by Michael Lockhart on Tuesday, 30 August 2016
Posted by captainwonkish, Monday, 22 August 2016 on product Inventor's Kit for the BBC micro:bit
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    Hello, the kit would only require a small amount of assembly, the prototype board would need sticking to the plate. The edge connector would need fixing to the plate using the screws and spacers provided. These are the screws that are used, https://www.kitronik.co.uk/c2309-pan-head-m3-machine-screw-pack-of-100.html

    Posted by Michael Lockhart on Monday, 22 August 2016
Posted by richard smith, Tuesday, 19 July 2016 on product Inventor's Kit for the BBC micro:bit
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    Hi Richard, There isn’t really an upper age restriction on this product, it would depend on how comfortable you feel dealing with electronics and programming. This product is currently being used in schools mainly in there KS3 years, but can be used for people outside of this bracket.

    Posted by Michael Lockhart on Tuesday, 19 July 2016
Posted by Annelie Chabmers, Tuesday, 12 July 2016 on product Inventor's Kit for the BBC micro:bit
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    Hi Annelie, Unfortunately it isn’t possible to download the tutorial book as it is part of the kit and not avaible on its own.

    Posted by Michael Lockhart on Tuesday, 12 July 2016
Posted by Victoria Wicking, Friday, 8 July 2016 on product Inventor's Kit for the BBC micro:bit
Posted by Ron McKenzie, Thursday, 16 June 2016 on product Inventor's Kit for the BBC micro:bit
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    We have recently changed this bit of code in the new version of the booklet. I have passed this on for someone to look at for you and they will contact you with further details.

    Posted by Michael Lockhart on Thursday, 16 June 2016
Posted by Harry, Tuesday, 14 June 2016 on product Inventor's Kit for the BBC micro:bit
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    Hi Harry, could you just explain a little further what you are trying to do touch develop?

    Posted by Michael Lockhart on Tuesday, 14 June 2016
Posted by Peter Macallister, Tuesday, 7 June 2016 on product Inventor's Kit for the BBC micro:bit
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    This inventor’s kit is due back in stock w/c 27/6/16, although this date may alter slightly. The inventor’s kit which includes the BBC micro:bit https://www.kitronik.co.uk/5618-bbc-microbit-with-inventors-kit-and-accessories.html is due in stock late July/early August. In both cases if an order was placed it would be sat in a pending state and would be fulfilled first before stock is available to purchase.

    Posted by Michael Lockhart on Tuesday, 7 June 2016
Posted by Alison Quill, Monday, 6 June 2016 on product Inventor's Kit for the BBC micro:bit
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    I have passed your details on to the person who is in charge of this and they should contact you shortly.

    Posted by Michael Lockhart on Monday, 6 June 2016
Posted by Kate Scott, Thursday, 21 April 2016 on product Inventor's Kit for the BBC micro:bit
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    We are currently working on getting this kit into stock and we are expecting this to be available for dispatch either late this week or early next week.

    Posted by Michael Lockhart on Thursday, 21 April 2016
Posted by Ray, Monday, 1 February 2016 on product Inventor's Kit for the BBC micro:bit
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    The BBC micro:bit isn’t currently for sale, once the role out to all the year 7 students has been completed then it will be on sale, although it hasn’t been confirmed where the BBC micro:bit will be sold.

    Posted by Michael Lockhart on Monday, 1 February 2016
Posted by Amy Young, on product Inventor's Kit for the BBC micro:bit
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    A: Hi Amy, When you download the .hex file it will show in your web browser. You would then need to drag and drop this into the micro:bit folder. What you should see happen then is the small yellow LED next to the reset button should begin to flash, once this stops the code has been loaded onto the micro:bit. Normally when you view the micro:bit folder after the code has been uploaded you can’t see the file but it should be stored ready to use.
    Posted by Michael Lockhart on Friday, 26 May 2017
Posted by Garry, on product Inventor's Kit for the BBC micro:bit
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    A: Hi Gary, We are currently expecting stock mid-June, however are working hard to get this back in to stock sooner.
    Posted by Michael Lockhart on Wednesday, 31 May 2017

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microbit inventors kit resources
Kitronik Inventors Kit Resources
This resource consists of a selection of links to the additional resources that we have created to accompany each of the experiments. Each experiment has a walk-through video that also contains hints and tips designed to help you complete the experiment and to understand how the circuits work, we have also included links to additional code examples.
Inventors Kit Experiment 1 Further Help
Inventors Kit Experiment 1 Further Help
Inventors Kit Experiment 1 Further Help. This resource has been produced to compliment the booklet provided with the Inventors Kit for the BBC micro:bit as a source of further information and hints and tips.
line following buggy
Robot Buggy Part 2 The Line Following Buggy
The line following buggy for the BBC micro:bit is a great kit for students to build as it combines several elements of design and technology; electronics, mechanical assembly and coding and it is this buggy that the Robot Buggies are built upon. The kit has relatively few parts and is simple to build, making it a suitable option as a classroom activity.
Options for Powering the BBC micro:bit
This Kitronik University Resource is a part of the BBC micro:bit partnership and explains the various options available for powering your BBC micro:bit.
Transferring a Program to the BBC micro:bit
After you've created your first program you'll need to compile it and transfer it to the BBC micro:bit. This process is very simple, and if you follow our guide you'll be up and running in no time.
Getting Started with the Touch Develop Editor
The Touch Develop Editor centres around a code keyboard, making it perfect for writing code on a touch screen device or by using your mouse.
Getting Started with Microsoft Block Editor
The Microsoft Block Editor is a drag and drop editor that provides a simple introduction to programming. Blocks snap together to build programs and are grouped by the type of function they do. When a group is selected, the commands in the whole group are highlighted and can be selected. It's a great introduction to programming for those with little or no experience.
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