The BBC micro:bit is a new pocket-sized computer that lets anyone code, customise and use control other pieces of hardware through software. It's being supplied to around 1 million school children in a bid to address a growing skills shortage in the UK's technology sector. After that, the Micro Bit will go on sale outside of schools through a not-for-profit organisation set up by the BBC. The micro:bit is designed to work with mobile devices to spur classroom creativity, and with the micro:bit anyone can make their own smart device with very little code.
Buttons give you the opportunity to add control to your BBC micro:bit. Use them to start an animation, begin recording data, control a game or anything else you can imagine. The BBC micro:bit contains an accelerometer which can detect if you are shaking it or which way the micro:bit is being held. As well as detecting if it’s upside down, accelerometers can detect some of the forces that are acting on it. You can write a program for microbit that will tell you how high you threw your BBC micro:bit into the air!
The sky is clearly the limit! Some pupils from Rishworth School sent a micro:bit into space!
Read how they did it: http://microbitgadgets.co.uk/ground-control-to-microbit. Check some cool applications at http://twitter.com/microbitgadgets.
- A USB cable to connect your computer to your micro:bit, a PC running Windows 7 of later (or a Mac running OS X 10.6 or later) and access to the Internet
Step 1: Connect your BBC micro:bit to your computer
- Connect the small end of the USB cable to the micro USB port on your BBC micro:bit.
- Connect the other end of the USB cable to a USB port on your computer.
Your computer should recognise your micro:bit as a new drive.
Step 2: Compile your script
Navigate to https://www.microbit.co.uk in your browser.
Hit "My scripts" in the right top corner.
You now have to make a choice: creating a new script or editing an existing script.
Creating a new script
Scroll to the bottom. Hit the button Create Code.
Let's choose Touch Develop.
Change the name of the script in the grey area.
Click in the blue area "add code here".
Pick a function on the bottom: basic.
Click on show leds. You now have to choose which leds to show:
Your code looks like this:
You can click on 400 to change the amount of milliseconds.
You can now test your little program by clicking on the top.
In the right sidebar you can see a simulation.
Now we want to bring our program to our very own micro:bit.
Click on . A hex-file will be downloaded automatically. You now need to bring this hex-file to your micro:bit-device via the Explorer.
And yes! Look at your Micro:bit!
Editing a script
Select a script in the left sidebar and click Edit.
You will now be referred to Touch Develop, one of the 3 coding options.
Navigate to https://www.microbit.co.uk/app/#create:hrvbin
Navigate to https://www.microbit.co.uk/app/#create:tomwku. Click the button My scripts on the left.
Change or add code and click Publish.
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