BBC micro:bit FAQ

Resource Summary
The Garden TOOLS program supports students in grades 3-5 to use and program the BBC micro:bit microcontroller to gather data on environmental conditions and create technology-rich solutions to a variety of garden challenges. This FAQ will provide some basic information about the most common questions regarding the BBC micro:bit.
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What is a BBC microbit?

The BBC microbit is a handheld, programmable micro-computer. It doesn't require any drivers or software so you just plug it into the USB port on your computer or connect via Bluetooth on a tablet or smartphone using the microbit mobile apps. You're all set and ready to start coding! It has a number of different physical features- the short list includes 25 LEDs, a compass, an accelerometer, a radio and Bluetooth antenna, 2 programmable buttons, and edge connector pins for hooking up accessories.

What can it do?

So many possibilities! You are really only limited by your imagination. Check out some of the projects available via the makecode platform or find projects on the microbit site.

How much does it cost?

A BBC Microbit basic kit costs about $20.

Where can I get one?

Microbit is sold through a number of resellers in the U.S. and other countries.

Having trouble directly downloading your files to your BBC microbit?

Is the 'Downloads' folder blocked in your school? Is that stopping you from being able to access your downloaded microbit .hex files? Learn how you can download your .hex directly to your microbit in Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome & Safari.

Already have a microbit? Great, you can visit the BBC Microbit Quick Start guide to get plugged in and coding!