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A curated list of resources for the BBC micro:bit, a tiny programmable computer designed to make learning and teaching easy and fun! This embedded board has a Bluetooth capable microcontroller, USB interface, accelerometer, magnetometer, light and temperature sensors, 5x5 LED matrix, buttons, and GPIO accessible via the edge connector.

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🗂️ Contents

👩‍💻 Programming

🆚 Visual Programming

  • MakeCode - Provides an in-browser emulator and a Blocks interface that generates JavaScript (TypeScript) code (part of Microsoft's PXT).
    • MakeCode Beta - Beta version of the MakeCode editor to test the latest features.
    • MakeCode Windows 10 App - Windows 10 application for micro:bit MakeCode.
    • MakeCode Offline App - Stand alone offline app (note that MakeCode in the browser also works offline).
    • MakeCode Multi Editor - Two MakeCode editors side by side to create, modify, and test two micro:bit programs at the same time, great for simulating radio with a transmitter and receiver.
    • MakeCode Streamer Beta - Experimental web app that simplifies the creation of interactive, high quality coding videos. Designed for teachers, students or generally anyone who would want to do any kind of online MakeCode coding.
  • Scratch 3.0 - The new version of Scratch is officially compatible with the micro:bit via their Scratch Link plug-in.
  • Code Kingdoms - (No longer maintained) Graphical interface that provides a transitioning experience from 'drag and drop' to text-based programming (JavaScript).
  • Open Roberta Lab - Block programming environment design for programming robots, it also supports the micro:bit by generating MicroPython.
  • EduBlocks - Blocks interface that provides a transitioning experience from Scratch to Python.
  • MicroBlocks - A visual programming language inspired by Scratch that runs right inside microcontroller boards such as the micro:bit.
  • Workbench - A multi-device coding canvas for block-based programming that connects with BLE devices via Chrome Web Bluetooth.
  • Mind+ - Desktop application to program hardware devices, like the micro:bit, with blocks, Python, or the C language.
  • CodeMao Kitten Editor - Block programming platform to create games, includes micro:bit support.
  • eBlock - A Scratch 2 based application (forked from mBlock 3) to visually code the BBC micro:bit and other devices.
  • Vittascience - Block programming based on MicroPython for the micro:bit with a built-in simulator.
  • Espruino JavaScript - Contains an in-browser Blocky editor that can program micro:bit wirelessly. Also supports Bluetooth LE functionality.
🆚 Scratch 2 Extensions
  • Scratch for BBC micro:bit - Using micro:bit with Scratch / S2Bot as a Bluetooth 'games controller' (needs specific BLED112 Bluetooth dongle).
  • ScratchX micro:bit extension - Lets you control your micro:bit wirelessly using Scratch programming blocks.
  • s2m - A Python program that acts as a bridge between the Scratch 2 off-line editor and the micro:bit via USB.
  • s2microbit BLE - Scratch 2 (offline) extension for BBC micro:bit bluetooth connection with a Windows PC.

🐍 Python

  • MicroPython - Port of MicroPython, a Python 3 implementation for microcontrollers and constrained environments.
🐍 MicroPython Editors
  • microbit.org Python Editor - The official online Python editor from the micro:bit foundation website.
  • Mu - "Micro" editor for MicroPython and the BBC micro:bit.
  • create.withcode.uk - Python online editor and simulator that supports the micro:bit MicroPython (instructions).
  • Atom micro:bit MicroPython package - BBC micro:bit MicroPython support package for the Atom editor.
  • Thonny - A Python IDE for beginners, with micro:bit support out of the box (previously via plugin).
  • JetBrains IDEA/PyCharm IDE plugin - Support for MicroPython devices in IntelliJ IDEA and PyCharm.
  • uPyCraft - A micro:bit compatible MicroPython IDE for Windows/Mac, designed with a simple and convenient interface.
  • CodeSpace - From Firia Labs, an online MicroPython IDE for micro:bits, with bundled learning resources.
  • Device Simulator Express - Visual Studio Code extension for micro:bit MicroPython with a simulator, debugger, and serial terminal.
🐍 MicroPython Blocks Editors
  • EduBlocks - Blocks interface that provides a transitioning experience from Scratch to Python.
  • Open Roberta Lab - Block programming environment design for programming robots, it also supports the micro:bit by generating MicroPython.
  • Vittascience - Block programming based on MicroPython for the micro:bit with a built-in simulator.
🐍 MicroPython Libraries
  • Servo - Class for controlling servos on the micro:bit via PWM.
  • PCA9685 - Class for using the PCA9685 16-Channel 12-bit PWM/Servo Driver via I2C.
  • MAX7219 7-segment - Module for using a 7-segment display driven by a MAX7219 chip via SPI.
  • MAX7219 matrix - Module for using a 8x8 LED Matrix driven by a MAX7219 chip via SPI.
  • SSD1306 - Library to control the OLED SSD1306 128x64 I2C with a micro:bit.
  • SSD1306 7seg - Library to use an SSD1306 OLED display as a 7 segment display.
  • SSD1306 SPI - Library to control the OLED SSD1306 128x64 display with a micro:bit via SPI.
  • SSD1306 - Library to control the SSD1306 display via I2C.
  • HC-SR04 - Library to read the distance from a HC-SR04 ultrasonic sensor using the SPI peripheral.
  • US-100 - Library to read the distance from a US-100 ultrasonic sensor via UART.
  • KY038 - Library to calibrate and use a sound sensor KY038, including clap counter functionality.
  • Nokia 5110 PCD8544 LCD - Fast controller for Nokia 5110 LCDs.
  • 24LCxxx EEPROM - Example micro:bit functions to read and write to a Microchip I2C EEPROM.
  • ULN2003 - Module to drive stepper motors via ULN2003 darlington transistors.
  • Bosch BME280 - Module for Bosch BME280 Pressure, Temperature and Humidity Sensor via I2C.
  • Pixy - Interface module for using the Pixy cam with the BBC micro:bit.
  • MB1013 - Module for the MB1013 ultrasonic sensor controlled via UART.
  • MY9221 - Library for 10 segment LED bar graph modules using the MY9221 LED driver.
  • AM2320 - Library for interfacing with an Aosong AM2320 temperature and humidity sensor over I2C.
  • DHT12 - Library for interfacing with an Aosong DHT12 temperature and humidity sensor over I2C.
  • TM1637 - Library for quad 7-segment LED display modules using the TM1637 LED driver.
  • micro:bit MIDI - Module to enable talking to MIDI devices on the BBC micro:bit.
  • Kitronik Motor Driver Board - Class to control the Kitronik motor driver board.
  • microbit python libs - Growing collection of modules, including TM1637/TM1650 7-seg LEDs, OLED 128x64, LCD1602, AT24XX EEPROM, DS1302/DS1307/DS3231 RTC, NeoPixel drivers, APDS9930 Digital Proximity and Ambient Light Sensor, BME280 humidity and pressure sensor, BMP280/BMP180 pressure sensors.
  • RAK811 - RAK811 Python library for use with LoRa pHAT & MicroBIT Node.
  • Micropython-MakeCode compatible Radio - Class MakeRadio which includes all the functionality of the MicroPyhton radio module, while being compatible with MakeCode blocks.
  • Cutebot - Library providing functions to work with Cutebot kit for BBC micro:bit.
🐍 Python Libraries
  • MicroPeri - Run Python programs on your computer with the same micro:bit MicroPython API and connecting a micro:bit as an external peripheral device or sensor.
  • microbit_stub - Python package that emulates the micro:bit as defined by the micro:bit MicroPython API.
  • bluezero - Python package to interface with Bluetooth devices, with examples for the micro:bit.
  • bitio - BBC micro:bit I/O library for Python. It allows you to run code in Python on a PC/Mac/Linux/Raspberry Pi and interact directly with the micro:bit.
🐍 Python Tools
  • uFlash - Utility for flashing the micro:bit with Python scripts and the MicroPython runtime.
  • MicroREPL - A REPL client for MicroPython running on the BBC micro:bit.
  • MicroFs - Simple command line tool and module for interacting with the limited file system provided by MicroPython on the micro:bit.
  • Jupyter kernel for the micro:bit - Package that allows Jupyter interfaces to run MicroPython code directly on the micro:bit.

🗿 JavaScript and MakeCode

  • MakeCode - This block and text editor for the micro:bit provides an in-browser emulator, a Blocks interface, and JavaScript (TypeScript) editor.
    • MakeCode Beta - Beta version of the MakeCode editor to test the latest features.
    • MakeCode Windows 10 App - Windows 10 application for micro:bit MakeCode.
    • MakeCode Offline App - Stand alone offline app (note that MakeCode in the browser also works offline).
    • MakeCode Multi Editor - Two MakeCode editors side by side to create, modify, and test two micro:bit programs at the same time, great for simulating radio with a transmitter and receiver.
  • Espruino JavaScript - JavaScript interpreter for microcontrollers, supports Bluetooth LE and wireless programming. Also offers a WebIDE for written code and blocks.
🗿 MakeCode Extensions

To add an extension to MakeCode find the "Extensions" option in the Settings menu or in the "Advance" toolbox category.

The link below contains a list of the officially approved extensions, and they can be loaded by by searching for their name in the "Extensions" screen.

The following extensions can be added into MakeCode by copying the GitHub URL and pasting it into the search box of the "Extensions" screen.

  • BlueDot - PXT package to support the BlueDot app - beta.
  • Kitronik Servo Lite - Blocks that support Kitronik Servo:Lite board for the micro:bit.
  • Lego Power Functions - Control your LEGO® Power Functions motors using your micro:bit with an infrared LED.
  • Invent robot - This library provides a Microsoft PXT package for Invent robot.
  • ubirch NB-IoT - Package for sending signed data messages to the ubirch backend.
  • CCS811 - Makecode Package for the CCS811 Air Quality Sensor.
  • DS1307 - Tinkercademy MakeCode package for using the DS1307 RTC (Real-Time Clock).
  • HT16K33 - Tinkercademy MakeCode Package for the HT16K33 I2C Alphanumeric Display (beta).
  • HoneyBit - A Honeycomb kits package for micro:bit MakeCode.
  • Bluetooth beacons - Allows the micro:bit to act as iBeacon / AltBeacon advertiser.
  • LumexOLED - Package designed for Lumex OLED display.
  • MakeCode Extensions - Growing collection of packages, including TM1637/TM1650 7-seg LEDs, OLED 128x64, LCD1602, AT24XX EEPROM, DS1302/DS1307 RTC, APDS9930 Digital Proximity and Ambient Light Sensor, BH1750 digital ambient light sensor, BME280 humidity and pressure sensor, BMP280/BMP180 pressure sensors.
  • BMP085 - Package to control the BMP085 or BMP180 pressure and altitude sensors.
  • SHT2X - Driver for SHT20, SHT21, SHT25 digital sensor, enabling the the micro:bit to obtain temperature and relative humidity from these sensors.
  • VL53L0X - Package to calculate distances using a VL53L0X Time-of-Flight ranging sensor.
  • PCA9685 - Package to control the PCA9685, a 16-channel PWM controller, with included servo support.
  • dfplayer - Play MP3 files with a DFPlayer mini module.
  • KeiganMotor - Controller for KeiganMotor KM-1 Series, an all-in-one brushless gearless electric motor module.
  • MLX90614 - I2C driver for Infra Red Thermometer MLX90614.
  • Adafruit Motor Driver Board - Driver to control the DC motors on the Adafruit Motor Shield v1.
  • ESP-01 - Control an ESP8266 module via serial AT commands.
  • TCS3200 - Control a TCS3200 color sensor.
  • IR - Control IR (infrared) transmitter/receiver modules.
  • DSTemp - Read the temperature from one or multiple DS18B20 sensors (currently in alpha).
  • DS18B20 - DFRobot extensions to read the temperature from a DS18B20 sensor.
  • DS3231 - RTC (Real Time Clock) MakeCode extension for the micro:bit.
  • timeanddate - Software Based Real Time Clock (Time & Date) for the micro:bit.
  • MAX31855 - Driver for the MAX31855 Thermocouple Amplifier.
  • Perfect Projects - Many projects in one extension. This is useful if you prefer using programs than doing the coding or you want inspiration for your own projects.
🗿 Node.js and Browser
🗿 JavaScript Tools
  • PXT Command Line Tool - Use the command line to program the micro:bit with MakeCode JavaScript. You can also run a local version of the MakeCode online editor (part of Microsoft's PXT).

©️ C/C++

  • C/C++ runtime - Guidance on how to start using the runtime in C/C++ including full documentation of the APIs, drivers, and types that make up the micro:bit runtime. Bluetooth documentation includes a link to the original *.hex file that ships on the micro:bit devices.
  • Arduino nRF5 - Arduino Core for Nordic Semiconductor nRF5 based boards, including the micro:bit.
©️ C/C++ Editors
  • Micro:Pi - C/C++ editor for the micro:bit with serial monitor and deploy functionality. Written in Python with an installer (ATM Linux only, but could be manually installed in any OS) that includes all dependencies.
  • PlatformIO - Embedded IDE with support for the micro:bit using the Arduino or Mbed software stack.
©️ C/C++ Libraries
  • OneWire - BBC micro:bit OneWire Library, based upon Erik Olieman's Mbed DS1820 lib.
  • neopixel - Library for using NeoPixels with the BBC micro:bit.
  • micro:bit Screen - Arduino LED Screen library for micro:bit.
  • Adafruit Arduino micro:bit library - Wrapper code and examples for using micro:bit with Arduino IDE.
  • RTCC MCP7941X - Program to interface BBC micro:bit to a MCP79410 RTCC (Real Time Clock Calendar) module.
  • AS-289R2 - AS-289R2 thermal printer Mbed library for micro:bit.
  • SHT2X - Driver for SHT20, SHT21, SHT25 digital sensor, enabling the the micro:bit to obtain temperature and relative humidity from these sensors.
  • VL53L0X - Driver for the VL53L0X Time-of-Flight ranging sensor.
  • KY-040 - Library for using the KY-040 rotary encoder.
  • PCA9685 - Driver for the PCA9685, a 16-channel PWM controller, with included servo support.
  • DS3234 - Driver in example project using the DS3234 RTC via SPI.
  • HTU21D - Mbed library for the HTU21D digital humidity and temperature sensor.
  • Distintiva micro:bit library - Arduino library to code the micro:bit using the Arduino IDE.
©️ RTOS with micro:bit profile
  • ChibiOS - A complete development environment for embedded applications including RTOS, a HAL, peripheral drivers, support files, and tools.
  • Mynewt - Open-source operating system for tiny embedded devices. Its goal is to make it easy to develop applications for microcontroller environments where power and cost are driving factors.
  • RIOT - A friendly, real-time, multi-threading operating system that supports a range of devices that are typically found in the Internet of Things (IoT).
  • Zephyr - A scalable real-time operating system (RTOS) supporting multiple hardware architectures, optimized for resource constrained devices, and built with security in mind.

🦀 Rust

  • Board support crate for micro:bit - Contains everything required to get started with the use of Rust to create firmwares for the BBC micro:bit board.
  • Running Rust code on a BBC micro:bit - Article describing the experience and steps of compiling Rust code for the micro:bit with and without interaction with the runtime DAL.
  • MicroRust - Discover the world of microcontrollers through Rust on the BBC micro:bit.
  • Rust on the micro:bit 101 - How to get started using the board support crate and start programming the BBC micro:bit in Rust.

🚩 Other Languages

Other programming languages capable to program the micro:bit.

  • Forth - Forth, a stack-based language, for the BBC micro:bit.
  • Pascal - Free Pascal compiler that can target the ARM embedded platform, including the micro:bit.
  • Ada - Instruction on how to setup the Ada development environment for the micro:bit.
  • Sniff - Sniff is a "Scratch-like" programming language that's designed to help Scratchers move gently from Scratch to more conventional languages.
  • uLisp - A Lisp interpreter for the classic AI programming language for the BBC micro:bit.
  • C# / F# - IL2C is a translator implementation of .NET intermediate language to C language, with C# and F# examples for the micro:bit.
  • TinyGo - (examples) Project to bring Go to microcontrollers and small systems, with out-of-box support for the BBC micro:bit.
  • Tiny BASIC - Port for the micro:bit, including commands to use the on-board features, based on the Arduino port of the Tiny BASIC dialect.

🎚️ Interaction Languages

These languages do not program the micro:bit directly, but can be used to create programs that interface with a micro:bit.

  • Kodu Controller - Enables interacting with the micro:bit from Kodu Game Lab.
  • Simulink Coder Support Package - Package that enables you to create Matlab and Simulink models and automatically generate and deploy code on the micro:bit.
  • micro:bit for Dyalog APL on the Pi - Tools for using the micro:bit (via MicroPython serial connection) with the Dyalog APL programming language on the Raspberry Pi.
  • Gobot - Framework for the Go programming language to program devices in the real world. It can access the micro:bit via Bluetooth LE.
  • Microbit-Unity - Unity scripts to allow the BBC micro:bit to be used as a Unity Controller.
  • Haxe node BBC micro:bit - Control a BBC micro:bit from Node.js using BLE and the Haxe programming language.
  • App Inventor + IoT - Control a micro:bit via Bluetooth with App Inventor, a visual programming environment for Android applications.
  • BlockyTalkyBLE - MakeCode and App Inventor extension that makes it easy to connect AppInventor mobile phone apps with the BBC micro:bit wirelessly over Bluetooth.
  • DroidScript micro:bit Plugin - Allows you you to control the BBC micro:bit remotely from your own DroidScript apps (Android apps written in JavaScript).
  • CBMicroBit - CoreBluetooth wrapper in C++ that connects a micro:bit to a computer running macOS using BLE and outputs over OSC (can be used standalone, or as a C++ or Objective C library).
  • Swift - An application programming interface written in Swift for use with the micro:bit. It allows programs written for Apple devices to communicate with the micro:bit using BLE.
  • Node-RED - A node-red (flow-based visual programming) module that wraps some of the functionality of the Python/MicroPython Bitio Library.

🛠️ Programming Tools

📱 Mobile Apps

  • Official Android App - (Source Code) Pair, program and flash programs to the micro:bit via Bluetooth.
  • Official iOS App - Pair, program and flash programs to the micro:bit via Bluetooth.
  • Official Swift Playgrounds - (Source Code) Swift Playgrounds is an app for the iPad that helps teach people to code in the Swift language using interactive 'books'.
  • micro:bit Blue - (Source Code) Android app that contains a series of demos for interacting with the micro:bit using Bluetooth.
  • Bitty Software Apps - Diverse collection of Android and iOS apps, going from demos, to data logging, to audio pranks, you'll certainly find something of interest.
  • Insight Mr Bit - (iOS) Create simple programs in plain English to control the BBC micro:bit to do lots of useful things.
  • micro:bit Xamarin - Open source Android app that communicates with the micro:bit over BLE and gets sensor data. A good example of using Xamarin (a cross platform mobile framework) with the micro:bit.
  • micro:bit logger - Android app that enables users to log data from the BLE services and export it to a file.
  • Kitronik Move - Android app that presents a D-Pad interface to control a micro:bit over Bluetooth LE.
  • nRF Connect - A generic tool for Android that allows you to scan, advertise and explore BLE devices. It supports the micro:bit by including information on the micro:bit services, custom macros and more.
  • Serial Bluetooth Terminal - Android app capable to send and receive micro:bit Bluetooth UART data.
  • micro:bit Slither - Multiplayer snake game on Android, controlled with micro:bits via Bluetooth.
  • Micro:bit Explorer - A Swift Playground Book that introduces computer fundamentals in a visual way, it allows you to enter machine code or assembly and see how it executes and how the micro:bit registers are affected.
  • BirdBlox - A tablet-based programming option for the Hummingbird, a robotics board kit for the micro:bit.

↔️ Interface Chip

The USB Interface Chip is the microcontroller placed close to the battery connector. It provides the capability to flash the micro:bit via the MICROBIT USB (Mass Storage Device) drive, flash via WebUSB from the browser, a serial console, and HID debugger.

  • micro:bit Firmware - General information about the firmware with instructions on how to update it to the latest version.
  • microbit.org Developer Community Info - This micro:bit Developer Community page contains information about the Interface Chip DAPlink and the USB interface.
  • DAPLink on micro:bit - The DAPLink is the default software running on the Interface Chip, this page contains information, update instructions, and the latest firmware.
  • DAPLink source code - Source code for the Mbed DAPLink, contains the build configuration for the micro:bit.
  • J-Link OB Firmware - Offers the same flashing functionality than the DAPLink and expands it to include J-Link debugging.
  • pyOCD - Python library for programming and debugging ARM Cortex-M microcontrollers, like the one included in the micro:bit, using the CMSIS-DAP provided by the Interface Chip.
  • DAP.js - JavaScript (Node.js and WebUSB) interface to DAP-CMSIS over USB/HID, meant to provide a subset of the PyOCD functionality.

🔩 Hardware

  • Hardware Design - Schematics and bill of materials for the BBC micro:bit.
  • micro:bit Reference Design - Hardware design files for a board 100% binary compatible with the micro:bit. Created to help make your own micro:bit derived designs.
  • micro:bit Badge - Open Source PCB for the micro:bit with a battery holder, buzzer, extension edge connector and pins breaks out.
  • Eagle micro:bit Edge Part - Eagle library from Proto-Pic for the micro:bit edge connectors.
  • Kicad micro:bit Connector - KiCad component library and footprint library for a micro:bit edge-connector socket.
  • SparkFun Breakout Board - Open source files for the SparkFun micro:bit Breakout Board.
  • SparkFun moto:bit - Open source files for the SparkFun moto:bit, a board to provide a robotics platform.
  • SparkFun weather:bit - Open source files for the SparkFun weather:bit, a board to provide a weather station.
  • SparkFun gamer:bit - Open source files for the SparkFun gamer:bit, a board to provide a game system.
  • NeoBit - Open source board that lets you hook up NeoPixel and DotStar LEDs to a BBC micro:bit, also contains a headphone jack and a couple of slide potentiometers for input.

🖨️ 3D Printing

📐 CAD

🎨 2D Design

🏗️ Projects

All these projects contain steps and resources required for reproduction.

  • JUST DO IoT - Connect the micro:bit to the LoRaWAN network, includes an open source hardware micro:bit connector board.
  • Micro:Bob - Simple bipedal robot controlled by a micro:bit.
  • Coffee Timer - (Part 2, Part 3) Three part article describing how to augment a coffee maker with an micro:bit indicator, options for low power communication, and creating a custom enclosure.
  • Thermal Printer - Connecting and using a Sparkfun thermal till-roll printer.
  • Telescopic Light Sword - Project shows how to make your own Light Sword with the micro:bit, electronics, and 3D printed parts.
  • Micro Simon - Programming and connecting a micro:bit to a vintage MB Simon game.
  • Alexa Weather On micro:bit - Creating an Amazon Alexa skill where the current weather can be asked and the result displayed on the micro:bit.
  • BBC micro:bit Balloon Tracker - Making a balloon tracker with a micro:bit connected to GPS and a LoRa transceiver to track and transmit its position.
  • SonicPixels - BBC micro:bit and Max frameworks for triggering multiple speakers in a grid arrangement.
  • Little Bug Bit - Low cost micro:bit buggy.
  • HandShake - Project designed to enable unique gesture recognition for people with limited control of their motion.
  • Mega:Bit - Scaled up micro:bit with the 5x5 LED matrix and buttons, connected to a real micro:bit.
  • Scrolling display - Create a display screen using a number of micro:bits communicating via radio.
  • Ironman Arc Reactor - Choose between two different versions (Mk I and Mk II) ready to 3D print and build.
  • microbit-beacon-finder - The micro:bit finds various types of BLE Beacons, and displays their ID to the LEDs.
  • Build A Klawsome micro:bit Controlled Tank - Tutorial on how to design a build a perspex micro:bit tank.
  • micro:bit Hovercraft - A hovercraft, which runs both in the water and on the ground. Uses 2 motors to blow air underneath to support the hovercraft body and 2 motors in the end to control its direction.
  • ZIP Halo Compass - A Christmas themed micro:bit ZIP Halo Compass, with a 3D printed and laser cut case.
  • Micro:Boy - Hardware project to code and play arcade games on the micro:bit.
  • Alexa, Ask micro:bit to Turn LED Light - Project walk through to control with Alexa an RGB LED connected to a micro:bit.
  • OpenGestureControl - A Linux application which interacts with the BBC micro:bit to give hand prosthesis users the ability to control their desktop computer using gestures.
  • micro:bit spectrum - Circuit and code to display an audio spectrum bar chart on the BBC micro:bit.
  • micro:bit TVPong - Play the classic Pong game on a TV - using BBC micro:bits as paddles, Bluetooth also supported.
  • Bluetooth Low Energy Remote Control for Spotify - This project allows you to configure your micro:bit to work as a Bluetooth Low Energy remote control for Spotify on macOS.
  • Stirling Blue - An extensive project to examine Stirling engine operation and performance. A micro:bit is used to create a custom keyboard and LCD interface that communicates with other parts of the project.
  • Micro:Gamer - A portable game console based on the micro:bit board. It features a 128x64 monochrome OLED screen, six buttons, a buzzer for sound, and a 2xAAA battery holder.
  • µBOSS - Turning a BBC micro:bit into a test instrument by displaying all the sensor readings on an LCD and packaging it into a 3D printed box.
  • DIY 3D Virtual Reality System - Using two micro:bits for head and hand orientation tracking.
  • Robot Arm Rover - A gesture controlled Robot Arm Buggy using the micro:bit accelerometer and radio.
  • Musical Instrument Controller - A micro:bit instrument that communities with an iPad via Bluetooth into MIDI controller app that can play music via GarageBand.
  • Inexpensive Remote Controlled Robot - Guide to create an inexpensive robot, easily assembled from a set of off the shelf parts.
  • Natural Disaster Sensor - Wind, seismic, and temperature data monitoring from remote micro:bits.
  • Bike Light - A rear bike light with a Kitronik Zip Tile (8x8 RGB LED matrix) and 3D printed case.
  • IoT Pill Reminders with SAP Cloud Foundry and Google Sheets - How to build an IoT “Pill Reminder” device to remind the patient to take their pills and update their status in Google Sheets.
  • Pong-Like Retro Clock Using TinyGo and Microbit - Use an RGB matrix and a micro:bit to display the time with an awesome game of PONG. Made with love and TinyGo.
  • Racing Car Timing Gate - Create a speed trap for toy cars with three micro:bits, torches, radio and the MicroPython REPL.
  • Robot Unicorn - Gesture controlled robot unicorn made of cardboard, glitter, a 3D printed horn, and micro:bits.
  • The Christmas Joy Spreading Machine - Project inside a box representing a metaphor of the most popular Christmas symbols. Maybe it's a bit dystopian but it moves, lights and reacts to music.
  • micro:bit Guitar - A micro:bit guitar using the Noise Pack Add-on for the Kitronik Inventors Kit.
  • Gesture Controlled Lamp - Building a colourful 3D printed lamp with the BBC micro:bit that responds to gestures.
  • micro:bit Magic Wand - This project uses two micro:bit, a few small electronic parts, and some everyday objects from around the house to create our very own magical wand.
  • MicroBike - Turn your micro:bit into a game controller.
  • LightBit - This project lets you do things on your computer by sliding your hand left and right, just like in a Sci-Fi movie.
  • Programmable Rainbow Light Up Sign - A laser-cut, 3D printed, micro:bit powered programmable sign with rainbow lights.
  • Connected Flowerpot - 3D printed flowerpot with a micro:bit to detect soil moisture and display its status in an RGB LED ring.
  • Voice Controlled Robot Car - Robot car controlled by voice commands using Amazon Alexa, Node-RED on a Raspberry Pi Zero, and micro:bit.
  • Obstacle Detecting White Cane - A warning system for unpredictable obstacles for those who are visually impaired.
  • micro:bit Quiz System - A wireless LED quiz button system with sound.
  • DIY Educational micro:bit Robot - Building a relatively accessible, capable and cheap robot. Two variants provided with different sensors and example code for MakeCode and MicroPython.
  • MIDI CC Wireless Controller - A wireless MIDI CC controller, allowing you to use your micro:bit as a MIDI controller and connect it to your favourite music production software.
  • Smart Garden Ornaments - Track things happening in your garden, neighbourhood, or school using smart ornaments with the BBC micro:bit, Raspberry Pi, and a cloud-based IoT service.
  • micro:bit + Spotify (macOS) - (Windows version) Allows you to control a Spotify playlist with 2 micro:bits.
  • Delightfully Delirious Day Clock - Also wondering what day it is today? This delightfully delirious day clock narrows it down to roughly eight different possibilities.
  • micro:bit Air Guitar - How to make your very own customisable guitar controller paired with micro:bit.

🏗️ Project Collections

🗞️ Articles

Useful Articles for developing on the micro:bit.

🗞️ Article Collections

🎥 Videos

📚 Books

🏫 Teaching Resources

🏫 BBC Teaching Resources

👪 Community

📅 Events

Do you know about any free event with micro:bits? Please add them here, PRs are encouraged!

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🤷 Miscellaneous

  • micro:bit broadcast - (Discontinued, archived) newsletter to stay up-to-date with the latest micro:bit news, articles, projects, and resources.
  • microbit.org Support - The support pages from the micro:bit Foundation is a great source of information, containing an extensive collection of FAQs, articles, and guides.
  • Radiobit, a BBC micro:Bit RF firmware - Radiobit is composed of a dedicated MicroPython-based firmware and a set of tools allowing security researchers to sniff, receive and send data over Nordic's ShockBurst protocol, Enhanced ShockBurst protocol, Bluetooth Smart Link Layer and sniff raw 2.4GHz GFSK demodulated data.
  • micro:bit Poster - Element14 has put together this detailed, beautifully rendered, cross-section micro:bit poster highlighting all of the device's key functions and components.
  • Bluetooth troubleshooting guide - Tips on how to solve common and not so common micro:bit Bluetooth problems.
  • Micro World Tour - Before the micro:bit was released a few went on a tour to the world-wide Python community. A lot of interesting content and ideas on these micro:bit adventures.
  • Parent's Complete Guide To The BBC micro:bit - Free resource to help parent's get actively involved in helping their children learn how to code, even with no prior coding experience.
  • BBC micro:bit composer - Write music and get the corresponding micro:bit micropython code, a tool made with Scratch.
  • micro:mag - The Unofficial micro:bit Community Magazine.
  • micro:bit Out Of Box Experience - (Source Code) The default program running on a brand new micro:bit.
  • Accessory Guide - A constantly updated list of accessories for the micro:bit.
  • BtleJack - Based on the micro:bit, it provides everything you need to sniff, jam and hijack Bluetooth Low Energy devices.
  • Hardware Simulation with QEMU - Emulation support for the micro:bit is available from QEMU 4.0 and can be used for low-level software testing and development.
  • micro:bit USB Grapher - A web page using WebUSB to graph, manipulate, and save data collected on the micro:bit.
  • pin:out - A GPIO pinout interactive reference for the BBC micro:bit and accessories.

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