The BBC micro:bit is a pocket-sized computer that you can code, customise and control to bring your digital ideas, games and apps to life. Each element is completely programmable via easy-to-use software on a dedicated website (www.microbit.co.uk) that can be accessed from a PC, tablet, or mobile.
There are two programmable buttons that can be used to control games or pause and skip songs on a playlist. The BBC micro:bit can even detect motion and tell you which direction you are heading in. Build-in Low Energy Bluetooth connectivity enables the BBC micro:bit to interact with other devices and the internet.
BBC micro:bit is a BBC initiative to get young people in the UK coding. A royalty from the sale of this BBC micro:bit merchandise helps promote digital creativity amongst young people in the UK.
What’s in the Box?
The BBC micro:bit Club set contains:
> 10x BBC micro:bits
> 10x USB cables
> 10x Battery holders
> 20x AAA Batteries
> 10x Quick-Start Guides
> Microprocessor: 32-bit ARM Cortex M0 CPU
> A 5×5 LED matrix with 25 red LEDs to light up and can display animated patterns, scrolling text and alphanumeric characters.
> Two programmable buttons. Use them as a games controller, or control music on a smart phone.
> On-board motion detector or 3-axis digital accelerometer that can detect movement e.g. shake, tilt, or free-fall, and use it to control motion activated games.
> A built-in compass, 3D magnetometer to sense which direction you’re facing and your movement in degrees and detect the presence of certain metals and magnets.
> Bluetooth Smart Technology. Connect the micro:bit to other micro:bits, devices, phones, tablets, cameras and other everyday objects.
> 20 pin edge connector: This allows the micro:bit to be connected to other devices such as Raspberry Pi, Arduino, Galileo and Kano through a standard controller.
> Micro-USB controller: This is controlled by a separate processor and presents the micro:bit to a computer as a memory stick.
> Five Ring Input and Output (I/O) including power (PWR), ground (GRD), and 3x I/O. The micro:bit can read values from sensors and control things like motors or robots.
> System LED x1 (yellow)
> System push button switch x2.