We’ve been trying to get our hands on a BBC Microbit for quite some time now; especially after seeing a whole wall of them at the recent BETT Show in London a couple of weeks back.
Anyway, our good friends at Kitronik recently sent us a bundle of BBC Microbit goodies to play with; including their excellent Inventor’s Kit, a couple of different cases, a Prototyping System, breakout boards, and a motor driver board. It was like Christmas all over again.
The Kitronik BBC Microbit Inventor’s kit is a great collection of bits and pieces to get you constructing simple electronic circuits with the BBC Microbit, by allowing you to connect things like LEDs, Light Dependent Resistors, transistors, motors and buzzers to the Microbit; as well as allowing you to make use of some of the many excellent on-board features of the Microbit itself.
The Tuturial Book that comes with the Inventor’s kit contains lots of really useful information to get you started using the BBC Microbit, and the Inventor’s kit itself. It shows you how to put together the prototyping system, describes how the breadboard works, and provides a brief introduction to the programming environments available for the Microbit at the BBC Microbit website.
Following that, there are 10 different experiments to try out, starting with how to use the prototyping system to connect extra push buttons to the Microbit, to things like how to use a transistor to drive an electric motor, using the on-board accelerometer to control motor speed, and even building your own Microbit game using the on-board compass.