BBC micro:bit Starter Pack. The Starter Pack consists of a BBC micro:bit, a 1M anti tangle USB Cable, a Battery Cage and 2 x AAA Batteries. It contains everything you need to connect your BBC micro:bit to your computer and also enables you to power your BBC micro:bit once you disconnect it from the USB. 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.
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.
- USB and Bluetooth Low energy connectivity.
- Compass and Accelerometer.
- 2 x user assignable buttons.
- A 25 LED display.
- 21 pin edge connector.
- PCB Length: 52mm.
- PCB Width: 42mm.
- PCB Height: 11.7mm.
- Computer with Internet access.
- BBC micro:bit safety warnings.
- BBC micro:bit quick start guide.
- BBC micro:bit Mechanical datasheet.
- Our extensive range of BBC micro:bit resources.
- BBC micro:bit website.
- A4 BBC micro:bit Poster.
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.
How many LEDs can I connect to a microbit?
Posted byon 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.
Question 1: Can Aus schools purchase Question 2: How do we register on the Microbit website? Question 3 Have you had any Aus schools purchase?
Posted byon Monday, 20 June 2016
Hello John, Yes Australian schools can order via our website and can obtain a shipping quote in the shopping basket. We have had Australian schools purchase off us, and I believe we also have a pre-order for the BBC micro:bit from an Australian school. With regards to registering on the BBC micro:bit website, I believe this registration page is only for UK and Irish schools.
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