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Introducing The Microsoft PXT Block Editor

Until recently if you wanted to tap into the full potential of the BBC micro:bits Bluetooth Low Energy functionality you either had to wait for someone to code something useful that you could use or roll your sleeves up and and dust off your C/C++ programming skills. Now it just got a lot more accessible.

microbit Introducing The Microsoft PXT Block Editor

The Microsoft Programming Experience Toolkit (PXT) gives us access to that Bluetooth Low Energy functionality via the very familiar block editor. PXT is a framework for creating special-purpose programming experiences for beginners, especially focused on computer science education.

The Microsoft PXT Block Editor For The BBC micro:bit:

The Microsoft PXT  environment will be very familiar if you have used the excellent Block editor on the BBC micro:bit website. The PXT editor is the same but with more blocks. The extra blocks allow for more control over BBC microbit output and input and most importantly, give you more complete access to the Bluetooth Low Energy functions of the BBC micro:bit.

BBC micro:bit Introducing The Microsoft PXT Block Editor 2

The picture above is just a sample of the new blocks that the PXT editor brings.

There are few that understand the the BBC microbits Bluetooth functionality as thoroughly as Martin Woolley does. Martin is a part of the BBC microbit team and designed the BBC micro:bit’s Bluetooth profile, he is also the Bluetooth SIG's Technical Programme Manager for the EMEA region. We've featured some of Martins expertise in a previous article, that you can find here.

Martin has done a lot of work to give BBC micro:bit owners the tools to get more from our BBC micro:bits. In the external links below this image we have included links to some of this work, including links to code he built using the PXT editor. We will return to this topic soon with some tutorials, but for now here is a gratuitous photo of two of our line following buggies that we've tricked out.

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External Links:

Below you will find direct links to resources that can help you unlock the full potential of your BBC microbit, including a link to Martin Woolley's code for the Kitronik line following Buggy. We used the code to operate the 'altered' line following buggies pictured above, more on that to follow...

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