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micro:bit in the classroom

Check out our Getting started with micro:bit video if you'd like to see a quick tutorial on writing a program, start-to-finish, with a micro:bit.

In a Nutshell

  • The micro:bit is a versatile and classroom-friendly, programmable electronics board.
  • Programming happens in the browser - no software rollout required.
  • Suitable for primary and secondary students.
  • Applications aren't limited to STEM only, micro:bit can be integrated into art, music and design projects.

In this tutorial I'll talk about how the micro:bit lives in the classroom.

What's a micro:bit?

The micro:bit is a bite-sized, programmable circuit board that has been designed for the classroom. Students can develop code in an online editor, download their script and copy it onto the micro:bit just like copying a file to a flash drive.

What's it good for?

The micro:bit doesn't just live on a bench in the computer or physics lab. Its super-friendly development tools make it easy for students to include a microcontroller in their art, music or design projects. The focus here isn't memorising complicated syntax or rules, but rather learning by making. micro:bit provide a browser-based Block editor as a fantastic beginners approach to programming. Students wishing to delve deeper into computer science or write more complicated programs have the option of javascript and Python.

The micro:bit website has super-polished and engaging lesson plans suitable for students in primary and secondary school. There are community-submitted projects scattered throughout, some are even created by students that use micro:bit!

Quick links

Check out our Getting started with micro:bit video if you'd like to see a quick tutorial on writing a program, start-t...

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