The Five Minute microbit Guide:
You Will Need:
- An Internet connection.
- A type-A to micro-B USB cable (The same type of cable that is used to connect most smartphones and Tablets to a PC/Power Supply).
- A PC/Mac or Phone/Tablet (Min Specs: Windows 7/OS X 10.6 or Android 4.4/iOS 9).
- A BBC micro:bit.
Connecting The microbit To A Computer:
- Connect one end of the USB cable to your microbit and the other to a spare USB port on your computer.
- The microbit should now show up on your computer as a removable drive. (Under Devices on a Mac/under Devices and Drives on Windows).
Powering The microbit:
- When connected to a computer via USB, the microbit will be supplied with the power it needs by its USB connection.
- Provide portable power with a Battery Cage and AAA Batteries.
- Go portable in style with the MI:power board for the BBC micro:bit. Power the microbit with a coin cell battery, the board fits to the microbit and features an onboard sounder on/off switch.
- It can also be powered via it's edge connector. The 3V and GND pins are marked and can be connected to with Crocodile Clips.
- MakeCode blocks editor. Find the blocks you need from the menu and drag them into the workspace and slot them together.
- The MicroPython Editor. This editor is perfect for those that wish to push their coding skills further.
- The MU Editor for Python. It works on Windows, OSX, Linux and Raspberry Pi.
- Android 4.4/iOS 9 Apps for mobile devices.
- MakeCode for micro:bit runs on; PC, Mobile device, & HoloLens. Offers more features than the online MakeCode editor.
Block Coding Quick Tips:
- To avoid overwriting your last program click on the microbit logo (top left) and start a new project. Then name your new project.
- Find the block you require in the menus and drag it and drop it into the workspace.
- Only blocks that are supposed to go together will be able to be slotted together in the workspace.
- To delete an unwanted block either; right click and select Delete Block, or pick up the block and drag it to the menu and drop it in the bin that appears.
- To duplicate a block, right click and select Duplicate Block.
Write Some Code; Hello World:If this is your first go at coding then the MakeCode blocks editor is a good place to start. Look through the menus and recreate the following code snippet.
- Click the download button in the editor.
- The file will be downloaded to your default downloads folder. Use either Explorer or Finder to locate the file.
- Ensure your microbit is connected to your computer.
- In Finder/Explorer drag your file and drop it onto the microbit removable drive.
- As your code transfers to the microbit the orange power LED on the rear of the board will begin to flash, Once it stops flashing the transfer is finished and your program is ready.
- Finally, test your program by pressing the A button, then the B button, and then both buttons together.
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