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Micro:bit Kits

Micro:bit Kits

The micro:bit is a pocket-size programmable microcontroller for ages 10 & up that lets you get creative with digital technology through coding, computer hardware, and electronic circuits. Featuring motion detection, a built-in compass, LED display, and Bluetooth technology, you can program the micro:bit to create games, robots, and more. You can also hook up to other devices, sensors, and objects and experiment with electronic circuits. The micro:bit is a great springboard for learning more complex hardware like Arduino and Raspberry Pi. ATPL has 2 types of kits available, basic or advanced, depending on your level. Get started on your journey of coding computer hardware!

Find our basic & advanced micro:bit kits in our catalog!

  • You will need an internet-connected computer to use the micro:bit kit.
  • Each kit has a "Getting Started Guide" with helpful links to tutorials, projects, & videos.
  • 1 week check-out period with 1 week renewal
  • 1 per household
  • You can place a hold through our catalog.
  • Pick up the kit at the Circulation Desk. An adult over 18 years old must sign a Patron Agreement Form
  • Please return the micro:bit kit to a staff member at Abington Free Library’s Circulation Desk. If the kit is returned in the book drop or to another library, a $10 fee will be charged.
  • $1 per day overdue fine
  • $10 maximum overdue fine
  • Up to $50 replacement cost
  • Please do not leave within reach of children under age 8.

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Get started! Links to helpful websites & videos

See how the micro:bit works here:

   http://microbit.org/guide/

   http://bit.ly/mbintro1

More tutorials & projects are available here:

   http://makecode.microbit.org/projects

   http://codeclubprojects.org/en-GB/microbit/

   http://microbit.hackster.io

Start coding in JavaScript Blocks (easy) or Python (more challenging) then download your code to the micro:bit board via USB cable:

   http://microbit.org/code/

Search YouTube for “micro:bit” to watch tutorials. Check out these intro videos by SparkFun Electronics to see the micro:bit in action:

   http://bit.ly/mbvideointro

Have the Advanced Kit? This SparkFun Electronics guide will show you how all the parts work:

   http://bit.ly/mbadvanced

What is a micro:bit?

A micro:bit is a tiny programmable microcontroller created by the BBC for ages 10 & up. On the micro:bit board, you’ll find:

25 individually-programmable LEDs

2 programmable buttons

Physical connection pins for inputs and outputs

Light and temperature sensors

Motion sensors (accelerometer and compass)

Wireless communication, via radio and Bluetooth

USB interface

Each micro:bit kit (basic & advanced) comes with extra accessories to make lots of projects. Explore these features at http://microbit.org/guide/features/.

How does it work?

The micro:bit can be programmed to make all kinds of creations, from games to robots to musical instruments, using code and circuits.

At the micro:bit website, use the JavaScript Blocks editor or the Python editor to write your code, then download the code to the micro:bit. Other inputs and outputs can be attached to the pins on the bottom using alligator clips.

For examples of all the micro:bit features and how to code them, see http://microbit.org/guide/features.

The micro:bit board is screwed into a clear protective case (please don’t remove.)

What else do you need?

A computer connected to the Internet

Other easy-to-find supplies depending on your project

What’s the difference between the basic & advanced kit?

Abington Free Library has two kinds of micro:bit kits to borrow: basic & advanced. The basic kit includes only 3 main parts to get you started on basic projects: the micro:bit board, a USB cable, and alligator clips. Click here to see the Basic Kit Equipment List.

The advanced kit has many extra parts for more challenging projects. This SparkFun Electronics guide will show you how all the parts work: http://bit.ly/mbadvanced. Click here to see the Advanced Kit Equipment List.

The kits do not come with a battery pack at this time. The micro:bit board needs to be connected to a computer by the USB cable to get power.

What can you learn by using the micro:bit?

You’ll learn the basics of coding languages and computational thinking, which may help you in a future career. But you’ll also flex your critical thinking muscles, express your creativity, and develop persistence in the face of challenges. Not everyone will become a coder when they grow up, but everyone needs to solve problems and think outside the box!

What if parts aren’t working?

If you think a part isn’t working, double check your connections or wiring. Sometimes a wire gets disconnected or is connected to the wrong thing. Also, make sure your code is written correctly without errors.

If you’re sure you have it hooked up properly and your code is correct, but the part still isn’t working, please leave a note in the kit describing the problem when you return it.

Do you need more help?

Throughout the year, we will have micro:bit programs to help you in-person. To see our schedule of future programs, check our website at abingtonfreelibrary.org or contact the Information Desk at askabington@gmail.com or 215-885-5180 x113.

Safety Guidelines

DO NOT LEAVE THE MICRO:BIT KIT WITHIN REACH OF CHILDREN UNDER 8 YEARS OLD.

IMPORTANT: THE MICRO:BIT IS AN EXPOSED BOARD TO BE USED WITH CARE.

The BBC micro:bit is easy to use but is designed to have all the electrical parts on display. This does mean there's a small risk that the parts can be damaged and even overheat with a risk of injury but a little bit of care and caution will ensure you and your micro:bit will stay fit and healthy. More info at http://microbit.org/guide/safety-advice/.

Always keep your BBC micro:bit screwed into the clear protective case. It's good practice for users to ground themselves before handling it by touching a metal object first to discharge the body’s static electricity.

Please handle your BBC micro:bit by its edges. This minimizes the risk of damage through an electrostatic discharge.

Please use the USB cable provided to power your micro:bit. Do not use portable battery chargers or USB charging ports (often marked with a lightning bolt or 'SS'), to power your micro:bit. Using these may damage your micro:bit and stop it working properly.

Please do not attempt to keep using faulty micro:bits. If a micro:bit develops a problem, contact the Abington Free Library Information Desk, askabington@gmail.com, 215-885-5180 x113.

The maximum current safely supplied to an external circuit using the 3V pin on the edge connector is 100mA. Please make sure this limit is not exceeded.

Please do not store or use your BBC micro:bit in extremely hot or cold environments.

Do not place any metal objects across the printed circuits on the board as this can cause a short circuit damaging your BBC micro:bit. This can cause risk of burn or fire.

Do not use your BBC micro:bit in water or with wet hands.

Do not leave your BBC micro:bit plugged into a computer or any other device unsupervised.

Please avoid handling the BBC micro:bit circuit board while plugged into a power supply.

All peripherals (for example: USB cable, battery holder, sensors) used with your BBC micro:bit should comply with the relevant standards and should be marked accordingly.

Connecting your BBC micro:bit to any unapproved peripherals could damage your BBC micro:bit.

Please do not leave your BBC micro:bit within reach of children under 8 years of age.

Please operate your BBC micro:bit in a well ventilated room.

Photos of coding programs with micro:bit kits