The micro:bit icon in the extension menu

The micro:bit is a tiny computer designed by the BBC for use in schools: a small circuit board with lights, buttons, and tilt/movement sensors. The micro:bit extension allows it to be used with Scratch.

Connecting a micro:bit

The micro:bit connection help screen

To connect a micro:bit, one must go to the extensions menu and select the micro:bit extension. Scratch will then look for micro:bits. If one is not found a window will appear telling the user to make sure Scratch Link, which can be downloaded here, is installed and running.

Features

The micro:bit has the following features:

  • Tilt/movement sensor: Changes the tilt values and triggers jumped and shaken events.
  • 5×5 Display: A 5×5 grid of lights that can show text and small images.
Selecting an image for the micro:bit display
  • Buttons: Can be pressed to trigger the button pressed hat.
  • Pins: 25 pins let you connect other things.

Buying a micro:bit

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Note Note: Ask a parent/guardian before buying a micro:bit.

See the micro:bit website.

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