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.
The Micro Bit has a 25 pin edge connector. There are five large “pins” labelled 0, 1, 2, 3V and GND with 20 other pins in-between.
Now the final design has been revealed the full specifications of the device can be examined in detail.
This short video gives a good overview of what the device looks like and how it is being used by children in schools.
Today saw the release of the final Micro Bit design. It looks slightly different to the prototype revealed in March but it boasts some interesting features.
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”.