Recently I bought a set of 3.7V LiPo batteries for my son’s Maplin drone. I wondered if I could use these to power a Micro:bit. In this article I’ll show you how but it’s a little more involved than using the standard battery pack.
Element14, the Development Distributor, and The Micro:bit Foundation have signed an exclusive global manufacturing and distribution agreement for the BBC Micro:bit. This agreement follows the success of the educational programme led by the BBC in 2016 where one million micro:bits were gifted to support learning in school.
Thanks to Farnell I received a BBC Micro:bit today. The roll out to schools is underway but they are not currently available to the public so I feel a little bit special at the moment.
I popped a couple of AAA batteries into the battery box and connected to my laptop. Using the Python editor on the Official Microbit website I quickly wrote a simple Python script to simulate a dice throw.
The Official Micro:Bit site has been launched today. Although it follows the disappointing news that the hardware delivery would be delayed the new site does contain a glimpse of how the Micro:Bit will impact the classroom.
One of the first resources to surface is the Quick Start Guide for Teachers. It’s being described as a preview version but is available for everyone to look at before the release of the hardware devices themselves.
This short video gives a good overview of what the device looks like and how it is being used by children in schools.
The BBC has revealed it is leading a project to create a small computer which will be distributed to 11-12 year olds in UK schools in September 2015. The device is called the “Micro Bit”.