Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Micro:bit Beginner Physical Computing Board Launched in US and Canada

The micro:bit mini computer has launched in the US and Canada! Fantastic. We're in the UK and have been using the micro:bit a lot but we know the majority of our readers are actually in the US.

We'd like to welcome you to the fantastic experience of making with the micro:bit. It's an inexpensive and versatile bit of kit that is fantastic for projects that combine making and tech, our favourite kind of projects!

The micro:bit is a mini computer with a display of 25 red LEDs. It has an accelerometer and magnetometer and can also sense light and temperature. The board has 3 easily accessible input/output pins that can be used to add switches, sensors, neopixels, servos and other electronic components. You can access even more pins via a expansion header.

The micro:bit is powered by 2 AAA batteries and is great for creating wearables and gadgets. The device can be powered via USB when you are programming it on a computer.

Here are some of the projects that we've created with the micro:bit:

The micro:bit can be programmed with Microsoft's MakeCode PXT editor which supports blocks and JavaScript. There's also support for Python. And now there's support for Scratch via a ScratchX extension. Exciting times. 

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