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Meet the BBC micro:bit!
micro:bit is a microcontroller board developed by BBC in UK. It is specifically aimed at kids and beginners. You can program this board to create games, build robots, make musical instruments and any other project idea you have.
The board has 25 LEDs arranges as 5x5 matrix, 2 user programmable buttons, light sensor, temperature sensor, 3-axis accelerometer, compass (magnetometer) features and Bluetooth Low Energy connectivity.
Package content: 1x micro:bit board, 1x micro-USB cable, 1x AAAx2 battery holder.
- 32-bit ARM Cortex-M0 CPU
- 256KB Flash
- 16KB RAM
- 5x5 Red LED Array
- Two Programmable Buttons
- Onboard Light, Compass, Accelerometer and Temp Sensors
- BLE Smart Antenna
- Three Digital/Analog Input/Output Rings
- Two Power Rings — 3V and GND
- 20-pin Edge Connector
- MicroUSB Connector
- JST-PH Battery Connector (Not JST-XH)
- Reset Button with Status LED
There are a huge number of possible coding environments that you can use to program the micro:bit.
- microbit.co.uk editors based on TouchDevelop backend:
- mbed Online Compiler
- Mu offline Python editor
- PXT for micro:bit (successor to the TouchDevelop-based editors above)