Looking to invest in a tool to help you create and develop your knowledge of technology, but unsure where to start? Here’s a quick guide to the micro:bit, how it can be used, and what purposes it’s best for.
How does it work exactly?
The micro:bit was designed to encourage the next generation to have an interest in technology and where it can take us in the future. The aim is to empower those in their youth to become the coders of the future.
The micro:bit is plugged into a computer via a mini-USB port to be programmed and then can be used as a stepping stone for other circuit board platforms including the Rasberry Pi and Arduino.
The best part is that no software needs to be installed onto your computer to begin the coding. All of the programming is done on the web browser at the BBC micro:bit website using selected code editors. Making this method of coding even more child friendly is the ‘Block Editor’, a drag and drop option for ease of use.
What can you do with a micro:bit?
The possibilities are endless with a micro:bit. You can create something as simple or as advanced as you’d like! Here are a few ideas of what to make with your micro:bit.
- Create a fitness band by programming the micro:bit to count your steps.
- Create an egg timer to help with cooking and make sure each thing you make is baked to perfection!
- Make a digital watch, necklace, or other accessories that can display the time, graphics, or message.
- Control the music on your phone by connecting your micro:bit to it, or use it to create a piece of music. Even turn an inanimate object into an instrument!
- Create your own retro game like the classic, ‘Snake’, or create your own scoreboard for your favorite video game.
How can the micro:bit be used for educational purposes?
The micro:bit is the ideal tool to use in a classroom environment. For children that want to develop their knowledge of technology, this tool is a perfect way to learn skills that will help them in the future with college, university, and employment.
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The purpose of the micro:bit is to create interest and increase the levels of engagement and creativity amongst young people. It also encourages students to take on STEM projects and create their own developments, allowing them the freedom to explore the technology at their own pace.
Students learn best when the learning is fun and immersive, meaning that if they are able to interact with the product and use their imagination, they are more likely to find the lesson interesting and want to be proactive during.