What is BBC micro:bit?
The BBC micro:bit is a handheld, programmable micro-computer – also known as a micro-controller. This is a computer that’s been shrunk down to a single chip. A self-contained system with a processor, memory and peripherals. Much less powerful than a laptop or tablet, and generally can do only one thing at a time.
Why use micro-computers?
- Very small
- Use very little power
- Good at talking to other electronics
They are everywhere. Examples include:
- Digital watch
- Microwave oven
Have a look
LEDs (5×5) and Buttons (x2)
Printed Circuit Board (aka PCB or Board)
- Accelerometer (for up and down, or board movement)
- Battery Socket
- Reset button (to re-start program that’s running)
- USB connector (to connect to other devices)
An LED, or light-emitting diode, is an output device that gives off light. Your BBC micro:bit has a display of 25 LEDs for you to program.
The micro:bit has two buttons on the front that can be used separately or together to make things happen.
Micro USB Cable