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
- 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.