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BBC micro:bit
BBC micro:bit

BBC micro:bit

The official retail packed BBC micro:bit that is inspiring a new generation of coders. Requires either a USB cable, or battery holder & 2x AAA batteries to get going (sold separately)

Inside:

  • BBC micro:bit
  • Quick Start Guide

BBC micro:bit go

BBC micro:bit go

The official retail packed BBC micro:bit go contains everything you need to get coding straight out of the box, making it the ideal starter kit.

Inside:

  • BBC micro:bit
  • USB cable
  • Battery Holder & 2x AA Batteries
  • Quick Start Guide

BBC micro:bit club

BBC micro:bit club

The BBC micro:bit club is a 10-pack kit featuring everything needed to code and connect with friends. Ideal for STEM groups, coding clubs, schools & classrooms, scout and guide groups.

Inside:

  • 10x BBC micro:bit
  • 10x USB cable
  • 10x Battery Holder & 20x AA Batteries

BBC micro:bit bulk box

BBC micro:bit bulk box

This 300-pack BBC micro:bit board only offering is recommended for I.T. training companies, BBC micro:bit accessory manufacturers, kitting houses and other commercial enterprises.

Inside:

  • 300x BBC micro:bit
  • Supplied in a loose bulk box

For smaller order quantities please click here

About the BBC Microbit

What is the BBC micro:bit?

Similar to other SBC's (Single Board Computers) available, such as the Raspberry Pi and Arduino, BBC micro:bit is a pocket sized computing device that offers its young users a level of programming accessibility that they simply can't experience using the modern devices they've grown up with. Indeed every element of the device is completely customisable as a result of its connectivity; allowing the user to bring their digital, app and game ideas to life with the help of easy-to-use software, available to download for free from a dedicated website, www.microbit.co.uk. As you would expect given its aims, the simplicity of BBC micro:bit is a deliberate move to encourage children to begin writing code, either in a graphical user interface, or via a text-based editor. The code is then compiled before being run on the BBC micro:bit, and via the web-based interface users can easily program the board to achieve a number of functions. For many students, BBC micro:bit will provide a great entry point to the Internet of Things (IOT).

Because BBC micro:bit has been specifically designed so it's easy for beginners to use, comparisons to the compatible but more advanced Raspberry Pi could be seen as somewhat missing the point. However as an introduction to coding and making, it's important for the wider success of this project that the experiments undertaken by users are not only fun and encourage creativity, but equally that they are scalable as users continue to learn. To give an example, it's possible to programme it as a "remote selfie app" that interacts with your other devices. This really is as simple as inputting 3 lines of code, checking to see if a button is pressed, followed by the BBC micro:bit connecting to your tablet or Smartphone via its built-in Low Energy Bluetooth and taking the snap.

Additionally, at just 50mm x 40mm, the compact size of the BBC micro:bit board should continue to fuel the trend amongst young makers for creating wearable tech, all that is required is an additional 2x AA battery power pack. The tiny coding machine has a sequence of 25 red LEDs that light up to display messages and can be used to create games. It also features two programmable buttons, five I/O rings so it can be hooked up to other kits and sensors, a built-in compass, and an accelerometer. The built-in accelerometer and compass also enable the BBC micro:bit to detect movement and ascertain which way it's pointing. The buttons can control games and, as a result of the Bluetooth technology, can also control music playback on another device, such as a mobile phone.

History of the BBC micro:bit

1981 – the original BBC Micro

In the 1980s the BBC introduced the original Micro computer. Launched as part of the BBC's Computer Literacy Project and accompanying a series of educational books and TV programmes, the BBC Micro initiative is widely regarded as a great success, inspiring a generation of future programmers. The BBC Micro was developed by Acorn Computers, and is actually a rebranded version of their Proton computer, which was only at the design stage at the time the contract went out. Unbelievably, the team working on it managed in just one week to build it into a working prototype which met the BBC's high specifications. The official release date was the 1st of December 1981, and just as rapidly as it was developed, the Micro was sold into 80% of schools in the United Kingdom. The "Beeb", as it commonly became referred to, utilised a new native programming language called BBC Basic, and for the first school children to use it, opened up a world of possibilities due to its superb connectivity and expand ability, leading many users to develop their own software and peripherals as a result.

2016 – the new BBC micro:bit

Fast forward over 30 years from the original BBC Micro, the UK has risen to become one of the world's leading digital economies, and the BBC has decided it's time again to revisit its Computer Literacy Programme. The new BBC micro:bit, officially became available to the general public on the 31st May 2016 after being given to 1 million year 7 school children in the UK for free. This highlighted the BBC commitment to help address a growing skills shortage in the UK's technology sector. BBC micro:bit has been designed to fit into UK schools' computing curriculum, with the aim to give today's age group the same opportunities to learn about programming and electronics in a fun, engaging and non-intimidating way.

How much does it sell for?

For those not lucky enough to receive a free one, BBC micro:bit is now available for purchase by any member of the public wishing to get their hands on one with the retail price starting at just £12.99. There are a range of recommended official BBC micro:bit kits now available including guides and essential accessories to get started, such as batteries packs, USB cables and starter guides. For customer wishing to purchase in small quantities, the official BBC micro:bit kits will be available for a range of online outlets. For resellers wishing to distribute BBC micro:bit, volume pricing for order quantities over 90 units is available from CPC (part of the Premier Farnell Group which manufactures it) – please contact for more information.

Who makes BBC micro:bit?

As the BBC's most ambitious education initiative in 30 years, they have teamed up with no fewer than 31 partners in order to make it a reality. Microsoft are responsible for developing the online programming environment for the BBC Micro:bit, as well as the 2 dedicated coding languages that will first be taught to owners of the device, the text based "TouchDevelop" and the image based "Blocks". Premier Farnell, manufacturers of the hugely popular Raspberry Pi, provided oversight of the design, cost optimisation and manufacturing of the board.

Both Farnell and sister company CPC are proud to be making BBC micro:bit available to purchase (90+ units) in 4 options, offering resellers, schools, clubs and organisations the chance to be a part of this exciting initiative.

A royalty from the sale of BBC micro:bit and its associated merchandise helps promote digital creativity amongst young people in the UK. The full specifications are available here on the BBC website.

Unofficial Accessories

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ED00033

KITRONIK

2x AAA Battery Cage with JST Connector for BBC micro:bit

Accessory Type:Battery Cage; For Use With:micro:bit Single Board Computers & Lgloo PICAXE Wearable Modules; Product Range:BBC micro:bit; Features:Battery Cage/Power Supply Cage, 145

614 in stock

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1+ €1.053 (€1.2952)

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5601B
5601B

ED00027

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Edge Connector Breakout Board for BBC micro:bit

Accessory Type:Breakout Board; For Use With:Micro Bit Single Board Computers; Product Range:BBC micro:bit; Features:Edge Connector Breakout Board, Pre-built Header, Prototyping Ar

433 in stock

Price for: Each

1+ €4.914 (€6.0442)

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5603
5603

ED00029

KITRONIK

Inventor's Kit for BBC micro:bit with 10 Experiments

Accessory Type:Inventor Kit; For Use With:Micro Bit Single Board Computers; Product Range:BBC micro:bit; Features:Experiment Kit, Edge Connector, LED's/LDR/Buzzer, Microsoft BlockEdi

250 in stock

Price for: 1 Kit

1+ €23.40 (€28.782)

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5606
5606

ED00031

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MI:pro Protector Case for BBC micro:bit

Accessory Type:Protector Case; For Use With:Micro Bit Single Board Computers; Product Range:BBC micro:bit; Features:Protector Case for Micro Bit, Battery Case Compatible, 67 x 37 x 27mm(L x W x H);

173 in stock

Price for: Each

1+ €4.68 (€5.7564)

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5601
5601

ED00026

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Edge Connector Breakout Board Kit for BBC micro:bit

Accessory Type:Breakout Board; For Use With:Micro Bit Single Board Computers; Product Range:BBC micro:bit; Features:Edge Connector Breakout Board, Prototyping Area with 3V/0V Rows, Breaks O

109 in stock

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1+ €2.925 (€3.5978)

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    5609
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    ED00032

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    Prototyping System for BBC micro:bit with Edge Connector Breakout Board & Prototype Breadboard

    Accessory Type:Prototyping System; For Use With:Micro Bit Single Board Computers; Product Range:BBC micro:bit; Features:Experiment Kit, Edge Connector, Breadboard, Mounting Plate, Br

    102 in stock

    Price for: Each

    1+ €14.04 (€17.2692)

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    ED00038

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    MI:POWER BOARD FOR BBC MICRO:BIT

    Core Architecture:-; Core Sub-Architecture:-; Kit Contents:1x MI:power board, 3x screws, 3x nuts, 3x plastic spacers, 1x CR2032 battery; Product Range:BBC micro:bit; Silicon Core Number:

    101 in stock

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    1+ €5.6043 (€6.8933)

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    5620
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    ED00028

    KITRONIK

    Motor Driver Board for BBC micro:bit with Dual Motor Control

    Accessory Type:Motor Drive Board; Product Range:BBC micro:bit; Features:Controls 2 Motors, 4 Terminal Blocks, Edge Connector Slot, Short Circuit/OC/Thermal Protection; Kit Contents:Motor driver board;

    66 in stock

    Price for: Each

    1+ €11.115 (€13.6714)

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    5605

    ED00030

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    MI:pro Mountable Case for BBC micro:bit

    Accessory Type:Mountable Case; For Use With:Micro Bit Single Board Computers; Product Range:BBC micro:bit; Features:Mountable Case for the Micro Bit, Two Keyhole Mounting Slot, USB Powered Applic

    39 in stock

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    1+ €4.68 (€5.7564)

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