PHYSICAL COMPUTING WITH MICRO:BITS

Micro:bits are small programmable microcontrollers that can be used for all sorts of cool creations, from robots to musical instruments – the possibilities are endless.

Learning How to Use Micro:Bits

1. Read about the different micro:bit features.

2. Read through the Quick Start Guide to learn how to plug the micro:bit to the computer and send code to it.

Micro:bits are kept in the blue Electronics Cabinet in the Design Lab classroom. Pay attention to the box number you use and try to use the same device each day. Please return the box to the cabinet at the end of each class!

2. Learn to code with Microsoft MakeCode
Choose some tutorials to follow and practice sending the code to your micro:bit. Choose different tutorials to learn how to code different features (sensors, LEDs, buttons, and inputs).

Additional Resources

micro: magazine
Read through the six issues of this digital magazine dedicated to project ideas for the micro:bit.

Grove Inventor Kit for Micro:bit
We currently have two Grove Inventor Kits. These kits allow you to add additional peripherals to the micro:bit such as proximity and gesture sensors, LED strips, and a speaker. These can all be programmed through MakeCode.

Bit: Buddy
We currently have one Bit: Buddy to test out. This extends the functionality of the micro:bit by allowing you to turn it into a “wearable” device.

Bit: Booster
We currently have one Bit: Booster to test out. This extends the functionality of the micro:bit by allowing you to attach sensors, motors, and a variety of conductive materials.