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BBC micro:bit (Board Only)

10.82
Single BBC micro:bit. A portable, low power, user programmable computer. Create games, animations or control other devices via Bluetooth Low Energy.

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This is a single BBC micro:bit with no accessories, sealed in an antistatic bag. Your BBC micro:bit will come in one of 4 colour schemes, unfortunately it is not possible to specify which colour you will receive.

The BBC micro:bit is a powerful handheld, fully programmable, computer designed by the BBC and a number of partners to encourage children to get actively involved in writing software and building new things that will be controlled by it. Write your code using one of the easy to use editors provided on the BBC micro:bit website, connect your BBC micro:bit to your computer via USB press the compile button in the editor and then drop the downloaded file directly onto your BBC micro:bit. There is also an app for Android devices.

Wirelessly connect and interact with the world around you. Use Bluetooth Low Energy to connect to mobile phones and tablets, take a selfie or drive the music in your playlists.

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The BBC micro:bit is the spiritual successor of the BBC Micro of the 1980s, which itself introduced a generation of children to computing. The BBC micro:bit carries on this 30 year tradition and does it 18 times faster and is 70 times smaller than its predecessor.

Based around a 32 bit ARM Cortex-M0 processor, the BBC micro:bit also features on board accelerometer and compass sensors, Bluetooth Low Energy and USB connectivity, a display consisting of 25 LEDs, two programmable buttons and it can be powered by either USB or an external battery pack. The device inputs and outputs are through five ring connectors that are part of the 21-pin edge connector.

Features:

  • USB and Bluetooth Low energy connectivity.
  • Compass and Accelerometer.
  • 2 x user assignable buttons.
  • A 25 LED display.
  • 21 pin edge connector.

Contents:

Dimensions:

  • PCB Length: 52mm.
  • PCB Width: 42mm.
  • PCB Height: 11.7mm.

Video:

 

Requires:

  • 1 x USB Cable(For programming).
  • Computer with Internet access.

Resources:

Note: Due to Country specific trademark restrictions there may be some Countries that we are unable to ship the BBC micro:bit to. In the unlikely event that this occurs we will fully refund your purchase.

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.
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The Motor Driver Board For The BBC micro:bit V2
As has been highlighted in the most recent BBC micro:bit newsletter, we have just launched a new and improved version of our very popular Motor Driver Board for the BBC micro:bit, The Motor Driver Board V2.
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Robot Buggy Part 1 An Introduction
This fun learning resource has been put together to provide teachers with an all in one design and technology challenge that you can set for your students over the course of a term or a year. The resource includes a number of different design and technology aspects; electronics, mechanical assembly, 2D and 3D design, using a laser cutter, using a 3D printer and coding and testing. There are also alternative production methods highlighted in the individual resources.
Coding With The PXT Editor
Robot Buggy Part 6 Coding With The PXT Editor
Martin Woolley explains how he wrote the Robot Buggy code using the Microsoft PXT Editor for the BBC micro:bit. Includes a link to the completed code. Martin not only wrote the code that we use for the remote controlled buggies, he also designed the Bluetooth profile for the BBC micro:bit and wrote and released the micro:bit Blue App, which we used to control the buggys.
The Self Righting Flag
Robot Buggy Part 5 The Self Righting Flag
The last part of our physical design challenge was to design a flag for a capture the flag style game. As with most of the design challenges that this project presented, we had some ideas and discarded the difficult and impractical until we were left with a simple but effective solution.
The 3D Printed Add-Ons
Robot Buggy Part 4 The 3D Printed Add-Ons
When designing the 3D printed add-ons we had two main aims; that they maintained our Robot Wars theme and that they could be printed easily. Our additional goals were to create two team colour schemes and that each buggy had it's own personality.
Creating The Perspex Top Plate
Robot Buggy Part 3 Creating The Perspex Top Plate
We looked at a few different ways of achieving our Robot Wars inspired buggy but quickly settled on keeping the buggy completely intact and cutting a top plate from a perspex sheet. We wanted it to be functional, aesthetically pleasing and also easy to produce. We had six buggies to design and build and only a few days to get them done.
Remote Control Via Bluetooth
Robot Buggy Part 7 Remote Control Via Bluetooth
Bluetooth is the technology that makes the remote control aspect of this project possible, fortunately, the BBC micro:bit comes with Bluetooth functionality as standard. Martin Woolley explains how to pair your Android device with the BBC micro:bit and how to use is micro:bit Blue App to control the Robot Buggy.
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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.
Use The BBC micro:bit As An Instrument Tuner
Use The BBC micro:bit As An Instrument Tuner
In this tutorial we are going to highlight how easy it is to code the BBC micro:bit as an instrument tuner. We will focus mainly on making a Guitar tuner but we will also provide download links for several different types of tuner.
Using The BBC micro:bit To Control A Servo mini
Using The BBC micro:bit To Control A Servo
In this tutorial we are going to look at how to control a servo using the BBC micro:bit via an Edge Connector Breakout Board for the BBC micro:bit. It’s super simple to set up and requires very few parts.
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.

Questions:

Posted by KIAKOU EVI,BAKIS ELECTRONICS LTD,GREECE, Tuesday, 18 October 2016 on product BBC micro:bit (Board Only)

Question:

Dear Sirs, can you please advise if you can ship to Greece?

Answers:

  • Posted by Rob Haywood on Tuesday, 18 October 2016

    Hi,

    Unfortunately we do not ship to Greece.

Posted by Rob, Monday, 26 September 2016 on product BBC micro:bit (Board Only)

Question:

How many LEDs can I connect to a microbit?

Answers:

  • Posted by Rob Haywood on Monday, 26 September 2016

    The max current per pin is 5mA, but with a total maximum for the processor of 15mA.

    Nominally a standard LED will take around 10mA so one LED is too much for a processor pin. There are two ways around this, either add a current limit resistor so the LED takes less than 5mA, or add a transistor to each pin so that the current pullled through the pin is tiny, but the current the transistor can drive is a whole lot more.

Posted by karl, Friday, 5 August 2016 on product BBC micro:bit (Board Only)

Question:

Hello is it sale with a usb cable ? thanks

Answers:

  • Posted by Michael Lockhart on Friday, 5 August 2016

    Hi Karl, The product you are looking at is the BBC micro:bit board only. This doesn’t come with any accessories. If you are looking for a cable to go with the unit you would need to purchase the starter kit, this contains a download cable, compatible battery cage and a set of batteries, https://www.kitronik.co.uk/5615-bbc-microbit-starter-kit.html

Posted by Alan Beech, Tuesday, 19 July 2016 on product BBC micro:bit (Board Only)

Question:

Can you ship these to Australia?

Answers:

  • Posted by Michael Lockhart on Tuesday, 19 July 2016

    Hi Alan, Yes we can ship to Australia.

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