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The BBC micro:bit is a pocket-sized computer that you can code, customise and control to bring your digital ideas, games and apps to life. Each element is completely programmable via easy-to-use software on a dedicated website (www.microbit.co.uk) that can be accessed from a PC, tablet, or mobile.
There are two programmable buttons that can be used to control games or pause and skip songs on a playlist. The BBC micro:bit can even detect motion and tell you which direction you are heading in. Build-in Low Energy Bluetooth connectivity enables the BBC micro:bit to interact with other devices and the internet.
BBC micro:bit is a BBC initiative to get young people in the UK coding. A royalty from the sale of this BBC micro:bit merchandise helps promote digital creativity amongst young people in the UK.
> Microprocessor: 32-bit ARM Cortex M0 CPU
> A 5x5 LED matrix with 25 red LEDs to light up and can display animated patterns, scrolling text and alphanumeric characters.
> Two programmable buttons. Use them as a games controller, or control music on a smart phone.
> On-board motion detector or 3-axis digital accelerometer that can detect movement e.g. shake, tilt, or free-fall, and use it to control motion activated games.
> A built-in compass, 3D magnetometer to sense which direction you're facing and your movement in degrees and detect the presence of certain metals and magnets.
> Bluetooth Smart Technology. Connect the micro:bit to other micro:bits, devices, phones, tablets, cameras and other everyday objects.
> 20 pin edge connector: This allows the micro:bit to be connected to other devices such as Raspberry Pi, Arduino, Galileo and Kano through a standard controller.
> Micro-USB controller: This is controlled by a separate processor and presents the micro:bit to a computer as a memory stick.
> Five Ring Input and Output (I/O) including power (PWR), ground (GRD), and 3x I/O. The micro:bit can read values from sensors and control things like motors or robots.
> System LED x1 (yellow)
> System push button switch x2.
The Tablet Academy is an independent organisation created to support educational institutions to transform teaching and learning, through the integration of new and existing technologies. Through consultancy and training services, our team of qualified educators support over 750 schools, supporting more than 12,500 teachers per year.
We can work with you to help you develop an understanding of how the BBC micro:bit can be used in Education and provide you with a range of lesson ideas and projects to take coding to the next stage. We can provide this training as either a staff CPD session or a pupil enrichment workshop, the choice is yours. If you elect to bundle the training in with your purchase, then one of our expert educators will work with you to develop the format of the event and also identify a convenient date for us to visit you and provide the on-site training*. For more information about our training services, please visit www.tablet-academy.com or contact us at [email protected]
*please note, we can only provide on-site training for institutions on mainland England, Scotland and Wales. If you are outside this catchment area and are interested in our training, please contact us directly for alternative options.