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!
- This kit requires assembly.
- 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.
- 1 x Perspex Mounting Plate.
- 1 x Potentiometer & Finger Adjust Spindle.
- 2 x Plastic Spacer 10mm.
- 1 x Sticky Fixer for Battery Pack.
- 1 x Small Prototype Breadboard.
- 1 x Terminal Connector.
- 4 x Push Switch.
- 1 x Motor.
- 1 x Transistor.
- 2 x Red 5mm LED.
- 2 x Orange 5mm LED.
- 2 x Yellow 5mm LED.
- 2 x Green 5mm LED.
- 1 x RGB 5mm LED.
- 1 x Fan Blade.
- 5 x 2.2KΩ Resistor.
- 5 x 10KΩ Resistor.
- 5 x 47Ω Resistor.
- 1 x Edge Connector Breakout Board for BBC micro:bit.
- 1 x Miniature LDR.
- 10 x Male to Male Jumper Wires.
- 10 x Male to Female Jumper Wires.
- 4 x Self-adhesive Rubber Feet.
- 1 x 470uF Electrolytic Capacitor.
- 1 x Piezo Element Buzzer.
- 4 x Pan Head M3 Machine Screw.
- 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.
Experiments included in the tutorial book:
- Experiment 1 Say Hello To The BBC micro:bit!
- Experiment 2 Using An LDR & Analog Inputs.
- Experiment 2 Using an LDR & Analog Inputs Online Tutorial.
- Experiment 2 Video Walk-Through, Hints & Tips.
- Experiment 2 Python Code.
- Experiment 2 Block Editor Code.
- Experiment 2 Touch Develop Code - Coming Soon.
- Experiment 3 Dimming An LED Using A Potentiometer.
- Experiment 4 Using A Transistor to Drive A Motor.
- Experiment 4 Using A Transistor To Drive A Motor Online Tutorial.
- Experiment 4 Video Walk-Through, Hints & Tips.
- Experiment 4 Python Code.
- Experiment 4 Block Editor Code.
- Experiment 4 Touch Develop Code - Coming Soon.
- Experiment 5 Using The Accelerometer To Control Motor Speed.
- Experiment 6 Setting the Tone With A Piezo Buzzer.
- Experiment 7 Wind Power.
- Experiment 8 Making A Game Using A Compass.
- Experiment 9 Capacitor Charge Circuit.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Any reason for not having connectors for pin 19 and 20 populated on the board. I just realised there are no pins and was about to use the function presented on the board (i2c).
Posted byon Wednesday, 11 January 2017
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.
Hi, Is it likely to get the inventors kit in stock and dispatched for Christmas? Thanks
Posted byon Monday, 12 December 2016
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.
When will you have the inventors kit back in stock - it is urgently needed as a Christmas present?
Posted byon Monday, 12 December 2016
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.
Hi When do you think you will have Kitronik Inventor's Kit back in stock/ Thanks Annie
Posted byon Tuesday, 30 August 2016
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.
I was wondering what exactly needs assembly in this kit/what size screwdrivers are needed?
Posted byon Monday, 22 August 2016
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
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