BBC micro:bit – a first lesson

Tried and tested, this is a ~45 minute set of activities to introduce students to a BBC micro:bit and get them exploring it’s possibilities. Covers the basic hardware, first program, the on screen simulator, programming a micro:bit and accessing the different hardware sensors. Uses the Block Editor which is very Scratch-like in operation.


  • Concept: Introduction to the BBC micro:bit’s key features
  • Skills: Access & operate the simple programming editor
  • Discovery: Explore the micro:bit’s built in sensor types & the values they report

Resources required:

  • BBC micro:bit
  • USB A type (standard) to Micro USB cables (supplied with the micro:bit)
  • Computer workstation running Windows or Mac OS X
  • The workstations must be able to mount a USB drive (which is how the micro:bit appears) on the users desktop so they can copy a file on to it.
  • You do not need the batteries or the battery packs for this session.


  • Basic keyboard / mouse skills
  • Basic Windows Explorer / Mac OS Finder file copy (drag & drop) skills
  • Basic web browsing skills

This is a screen cast of the activities:

Here are the blow-by-blow running notes: BBC microbit 101 – the intro session step by step

Here are the teacher notes: BBC microbit 101 – the intro session

I strongly recommend watching the hardware overview.


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