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BBC micro:bit - Kitronik University

BBC microbit - Kitronik University

This Kitronik University course is part of the BBC microbit partnership and covers aspects of the BBC micro:bit including an overview of what it is, what our role is and of course tutorials to let you get started using it within Design & Technology.

This course is still being written so check back regularly, or subscribe to our newsletter to be kept informed of updates.

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Course Contents:


BBC micro:bit Overview:


microbit Coding Editors:


Getting Started With The BBC microbit:


Mobile Device Apps:


MicroPython Example Code For Kitronik Products:


Teaching Resources Written By Teachers For Teachers:


Free E-Textiles Sample Packs:


E-Textiles Tutorials:


Using The Expansion Connector With Electronics:


Inventors Kit Experiments:


ZIP LED Add-On Pack For The Inventors Kit:


Noise Pack for Kitronik Inventor's Kit for the BBC micro:bit:




Everything Is Better With Bluetooth:


Light It Up:


:GAME ZIP 64 Teaching Resources:


:MOVE mini Teaching Resources:


Custom Code:


Hacking Toys For microbit control:


Link Standard:


3D Printing:


Laser Cutting:


Seasonal microbit Projects:

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10 thoughts on “BBC micro:bit - Kitronik University”

  • Ray January 15, 2016 at 6:14 pm


    Do you sell the BBC micro bit computer?



    • Rob Haywood January 25, 2016 at 9:14 am

      Hi Ray,

      There is a legacy group which is working on the finer detail of the legacy which includes distribution. Distribution will begin sometime after the last of the year 7 students have received theirs. We are hopeful at this stage that we will be a distributor.


  • Adam February 14, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    how do i make sure that my year 7s get this then?

    • Andrew White February 22, 2016 at 10:14 am

      Hi Adam,

      You can register your school to receive BBC micro:bits for your Year 7 year group here:

      Hope this helps,

      Many thanks,


  • paul March 10, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    How/where do I find the driver for the micro:bit so that I can drag and drop the coding onto them ?
    many thanks

    • Rob Haywood March 10, 2016 at 3:36 pm

      Hi Paul,

      The BBC micro:bit should appear in My Computer without the need for any driver.

      Kind regards


  • Nigel Kendrick April 3, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    Can you elaborate on how the LEDs are connected to the microcontroller/edge connector as there's a 5x5 array of LEDs, but the relevant pins of the edge connector are designated Col1-3 and Col7-9.


    Nigel Kendrick
    (STEM Ambassador)

    • Mark Donnison April 27, 2016 at 3:28 pm

      Hi Nigel, The 25 LED's are split into 8 columns (1-9), there are 4 rows but the rows aren't broken out (to avoid the risk of shorts). Unfortunately, that means that you can't drive the LED matrix from the edge connector.

  • Dave Simpson August 8, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    An example of how to write and read from the i2C would be a great help. At the moment I can't seem to get the correct parameters/types set in micropython for and write. In the project i am experimenting with i am using a MCP23017 with a single LED attached to GPB1. the circuit works when connected to an Arduino. bus address is 0x27

    • Mark Donnison August 25, 2016 at 1:50 pm

      Hi Dave, it's not something we've looked into but if you use the following search term in google it should be the first result in the list, once there you can find information on iC2 at the bottom of the menu on the left. The search term: microbit micropython read the docs io ic2. I hope this helps.

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