Free delivery

Inventor’s Kit for the BBC micro:bit

Code: A83UQ

  • Create ten fun experiments for the BBC micro:bit (not included)
  • Breaks out 21 pins from the edge connector
  • Experiment with over 50 parts

Product details

Inventor’s Kit for the BBC micro:bit

• Create ten fun experiments for the BBC micro:bit (not included)
• Breaks out 21 pins from the edge connector
• Experiment with over 50 parts
• Makes prototyping easy with the breadboard
• No soldering required

What can I do with this kit?
Want to explore what your BBC micro:bit can really do? Try your hand with the inventor’s kit. The kit comes with full instructions for ten experiments, and the opportunity to experiment and come up with your own projects as you become more familiar with the BBC micro:bit. Experiment and learn how to control a motor, use an LED and use the inputs to create new and different inventions. This is a perfect kit for those new to the BBC micro:bit and those looking to expand on what they can do with it.

What can I learn?
Learn how to create circuits, then experiment with the prototype breadboard and build your own. The kit comes with push buttons, a mini LDR and a potentiometer as input devices to accompany the inputs already built into your BBC micro:bit. These inputs start any given circuit and affect everything subsequent to them. There are also a wide range of outputs in the kit – including coloured and RGB LEDs, motors and fans. These components show the effect of the inputs, and are usually the final part of your circuit. The kit also includes resistors, capacitors and transistors to connect the circuit together. All of these components plug into the breadboard – which is quick and easy to set up and change.

How do I set the kit up?
The BBC micro:bit slots easily into the edge connector, so you can build your inventions without worrying about fitting them onto the board. Different programs with let you do different things with the same parts – and you can build bigger and more elaborate projects using the prototype board to experiment. All you need to get going is a power source, a screwdriver and your imagination.

What experiments are included in the tutorial book?
Experiment One: Say 'hello' to the BBC micro:bit
Experiment Two: Using an LDR and analogue inputs
Experiment Three: Dimming an LED using a potentiometer
Experiment Four: Using a transistor to drive a motor
Experiment Five: Using the accelerometer to control motor speed
Experiment Six: Setting the tone with a piezo buzzer
Experiment Seven: Wind power
Experiment Eight: Making a game using the compass
Experiment Nine: Capacitor charge circuit
Experiment Ten: Using an RGB LED

Assembled No (no soldering required)
Number of experiments 10
Number of parts 50+
Power 3 V (not included)
Dimensions 27 mm x 37 mm x 93 mm
Contents 1 x Perspex Mounting Plate.
1 x Potentiometer & Finger Adjust Spindle.
2 x Plastic Spacer 10mm.
1 x Sticky Fixer for Battery Pack.
1 x Small Prototype Breadboard.
1 x Terminal Connector.
4 x Push Switch.
1 x Motor.
1 x Transistor.
2 x Red 5mm LED.
2 x Green 5mm LED.
2 x Yellow 5mm LED.
2 x Red 5mm Clear LED.
1 x Fan Blade.
5 x 2.2KΩ Resistor.
5 x 10KΩ Resistor.
5 x 47Ω Resistor.
1 x Edge Connector Breakout Board for BBC micro:bit.
1 x Miniature LDR.
10 x Male to Male Jumper Wires.
10 x Male to Female Jumper Wires.
4 x Self-adhesive Rubber Feet.
1 x 470uF Electrolytic Capacitor.
1 x RGB 5mm LED.
1 x Piezo Element Buzzer.
4 x Pan Head M3 Machine Screw.

Where can I buy a BBC Micro:bit

Asked by: Keith
At the moment we are trying to stock a good range of accessories, but Maplin are working to secure stock of the Micro:bit but can't give an exact date at the moment, but please keep checking our website for further updates.
Answered by: Russell
Date published: 2017-03-18
  • y_2017, m_6, d_27, h_10CST
  • bvseo_bulk, prod_bvqa, vn_bulk_1.0.0-hotfix-1
  • cp_1, bvpage1
  • co_hasquestionsanswers, tq_1
  • loc_en_GB, sid_A83UQ, prod, sort_[SortEntry(order=LAST_APPROVED_ANSWER_SUBMISSION_TIME, direction=DESCENDING)]
  • clientName_maplin-en_gb

Bulk Prices

Item code Item name Quantity Price
A83UQ Inventor’s Kit for the BBC micro:bit (1+) £26.99

Why not tell us and our B2B sales team about your specific business needs and expectations?

At Maplin, we’re always looking for innovations and technology that can help your business work more efficiently.

With a dedicated business team and special services available only to business customers, you can access our electronics and technology solutions through our wide network of over 200 stores, our website with more than 20,000 products or though your personal account manager over the phone.

Working with organisations for nearly 30 years, Maplin offers a nationwide range of benefits to our business users:

  • 30 day EOM credit account
  • volume discount pricing
  • online and in-store use of account
  • one-to-one account management
  • bespoke product sourcing and branding
  • free delivery on orders over £10
  • scheduled and forward ordering service

Contact our business team on 

0333 400 9740 to open an account or discuss your business needs.

To receive your free copy of the Maplin Catalogue just call 0333 400 9740.


  • Home Delivery
  • Click & Collect

Related Products
Includes LED lights, an LCD screen and lots ...
Includes LED lights, an LCD screen and lots more components, Create a random number generator with LED lights, control the LCD with Python and more, Enter into the world of science technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), Great kit to build ...
Build your own MP3 player, Plug any audio ...
Build your own MP3 player, Plug any audio device in with a 3.5mm jack and listen through the built-in speaker, Practice soldering and learn about amplifiers and speaker systems, Create with 13 parts, Fun for ages 14+, Requires a single ...
Make a high powered amp with a 3.5mm ...
Make a high powered amp with a 3.5mm jack input, on/off switch and volume control, Create an amp with 15W output per channel and 2 channels, Medium difficulty to solder with 26 parts, Includes a mains 12V power supply, Designed ...
Create a device to record and playback an ...
Create a device to record and playback an audio clip of up to 16 seconds with a built-in microphone and speaker, Simple to solder with 20 parts, Requires two AA batteries (not included, Order Code L43AL), Designed and manufactured in ...