BBC micro:bit Go

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About this product

Overview

  • Experiment and create electronics with the BBC micro:bit
  • An easy and fun way to learn about electronics and programming
  • Ready to go - with USB cable, batteries and battery holder included

Product overview

  • Experiment and create electronics with the BBC micro:bit
  • An easy and fun way to learn about electronics and programming
  • Ready to go - with USB cable, batteries and battery holder included
  • Multiple sensors measure your speed, movement, direction and the proximity of certain metals
  • Five ring input/outputs to add to your board
  • 20-pin edge connector to get you connected to a Raspberry Pi, Arduino, Galileo or Kano
  • Built-in Bluetooth Low Energy to connect wirelessly
  • Powered by a Micro USB port or two AAA batteries (included)

N.B. The micro:bit is supplied in one of four colours - red, yellow, green or blue

What can I do with the micro:bit?
Get into programming with this easy-to-use micro:bit and create self-driving cars, music makers, remote controlled selfie-cameras and fun displays amongst much more. The micro:bit has a 25 red LED display in a five by five grid, which lets you create displays of everything from hearts to smiley faces and even scrolling messages. You can use the micro:bit to detect movement, speed, certain metals and even which way you’re facing. All you need is a computer and you’re ready to go, as the micro:bit comes with a microUSB-to-USB lead, two AAA batteries and a battery holder included. You can program games, experiments or robots and connect the micro:bit to a wide range of outputs, from LEDs and speakers to cars and robots, for a range of exciting and interesting activities.

What can I program with my micro:bit?
The BBC micro:bit offers a great introduction to programming. Every LED, button, input, output, accelerometer and magnetometer can be customised and experimented with separately, and everything operates through Bluetooth Smart Technology. The micro:bit can power itself through the USB while it is connected to your computer, or alternatively can be powered by two AAA batteries (included). With its compact size and light weight, you can take your micro:bit anywhere. The software for the micro:bit is internet based and there is also a compatible mobile app that lets you program wherever you go.

What can I use the micro:bit with?
The micro:bit has five ring input/outputs including power, ground and three I/O (general input/output connection) to let you receive information sensors or control motors, LEDs or servos. You can connect the micro:bit to other devices – including Raspberry Pi, Arduino, Galileo and Kano – through the 20-pin connector with a standard connector. Using the built-in Bluetooth Smart Technology, you can connect to other micro:bits as well as tablets and smart phones.

What is the micro:bit?
The BBC micro:bit is a pocket sized computer that puts you in the driving seat, letting you program every part of the board. A collaboration between 31 partners, the micro:bit has been released as an initiative to get everyone interested in programming and inspire creativity with technology. The board comes in one of four colours (red, green, blue or yellow) at random. You don’t need to have any knowledge or experience to start using the micro:bit – so see what you can create today.

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For tutorials and creative suggestion visit www.microbit.co.uk

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice little gadget to get kids coding Great little gadget that's very easy to set up and get going. We've had lots of coding to make games and play music. Good educational buy!
Date published: 2016-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great little toy and an exceptional customer support This little toy have brought back my sweet memories of learning to program , absolutely advisable for kids to learn programming and have fun. Great initiative by BBC and partners. Initial micro:bit became faulty within few days of buy, but fabulous people at Maplin customer care have taken care of, provided replacement immediately ... I'm back on playing micro:bit ..... Game On !
Date published: 2016-11-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great for experimenting Bought to experiment and didn't disappoint - quick to set up and easy to program
Date published: 2016-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super Exactly what my son wanted. Great to use. Fast delivery.
Date published: 2016-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from bbc micro bit i am happy with it but its for my husband for xmas so i wont no if he likes it tell then but i will be back in touch after he uses it
Date published: 2016-10-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great fun for us kids I purchased this unit for my 9 year old grandson to make a start on teaching him about programming. We had great fun and I have learnt a great deal even at my age. Oh yes my grandson loved it to. Chris
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Keep up with the kids I bought this to play with despite having 15 at home. One of the purcases is for me and another for my nephew who is 3. All vhildrenbin Year 7 last year got one of these. Restricted in use but fun. Find out what they can do.
Date published: 2016-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from All you need micro:bit kit I bought this just before Christmas as something to keep my daughter amused during rainy days where we could work on lessons together. The kit came quickly and is really good as you don't need anything other than a laptop to try each lesson. Would recommend to others.
Date published: 2017-01-17
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Specification

Power Specifications

Power Supply:

Battery

Dimensions & Weight

Weight:

8g

Is the BBC micro:bit go compatible with the motor driver board kit?

Asked by: Jeff2007
Yes, this should be fine.
Answered by: Billy
Date published: 2017-10-09

Can we choose the colour?

Asked by: keen2108
Unfortunately we are unable to guarantee which colour will be available at time of purchase for this item in your intended application, I am sorry for any inconvenience this may cause you.
Answered by: darren cordon
Date published: 2017-07-17

is this suitable for an 8 year old?

Asked by: maggie ann
Yes, I am pleased to advise this should be okay.
Answered by: Dominic
Date published: 2017-04-25

I want to power a 3-6 volt motor up slowly. I want to mimic a helicoptor slowly starting up and getting to full speed, Would this do the  job or what advice would you have?

Asked by: donie50
As much as we would love to be able to help here, we cannot offer design project advice or assistance, we are more than happy to locate products and support you with your purchases but we are not able to design entire circuits or projects for you. If you do have the design/circuit information detailing the value of the components needed we will be happy to locate these for you.
Answered by: James
Date published: 2017-03-06

What programing language does it use?

Asked by: Duramater
The BBC micro:bit is a small computing device for children. One of the languages it understands is the popular Python programming language. The version of Python that runs on the BBC micro:bit is called MicroPython.
Answered by: Dominic
Date published: 2017-02-19

Will this work with apple computers?

Asked by: Whitty
Yes, I am pleased to advise the item will support this use.
Answered by: Dominic
Date published: 2016-12-15

Will it bluetooth to an ipad or do i need a laptop and usb?

Asked by: Amanda 2016
Unfortunately we cannot guarantee compatibility for your use
Answered by: Dale
Date published: 2016-12-15

I know this Q was asked before, but it was 5 months ago now....but does this kit come in the official BBC branded box?

Asked by: Emma
The item does come boxed and it will be branded "BBC micro:bit".
Answered by: DaveB
Date published: 2016-11-28
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