This book is for everyone! It’s for kids (and parents) who want to learn how to program their own simple games and gadgets using the BBC micro:bit. It’s also for serious hardware hobbyists who want an inexpensive microcontroller with a built-in LED display. Or for Internet of Things nerds who want an inexpensive, remote programmable Bluetooth node.
After whizzing through this very approachable book, you’ll learn:
How to connect your micro:bit to another device like a smart phone — or even another micro:bit
How advanced hardware makes the micro:bit work
How to write text using LEDs and read from the onboard accelerometer
How to connect the micro:bit to a motor controller and make a mini-bot!
Introduction to the micro:bit
A Tour of the micro:bit
Programming Using MicroPython
Some Basic Projects
The mbed Operating System
Interfacing with the GPIO Pins
Serial Bluetooth Communications and the micro:bit
The Story of the micro:bit
Other Programming Environments
You will have so much fun understanding micro:bit’s software and diving into coding and programming!
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, or even use Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for MakeCode, CircuitPython, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.