Introducing the new BBC micro:bit Go V2! Get creative with the new micro:bit now with built-in speaker and microphone! The BBC micro:bit V2 Go includes the micro:bit, a USB cable and battery holder plus batteries.
micro:bit is a pocket-sized codable computer that is simple and easy to use. The versatility of the micro:bit allows it to be scaled from ages young as 7 years old, all the way through to university and beyond. Thanks to this affordable platform students all over the World are able to learn the skills of the future such as, critical thinking, problem solving and entrepreneurship.
micro:bit helps you become a confident coder, from beginner to confident user and beyond! Select the programming tool that is right for you, from block coding with Microsoft MakeCode or Scratch to text-based programming with Python.
micro:bit classroom allows you to manage whole class coding lessons in minutes. Easily manage students’ work when programming with micro:bit V2 and make programming lessons more productive.
With plenty of lesson resources for teachers, you can complete editable computing units of work and resources with cross-curricular links for art, science, geography and more. The lesson plans are divided into primary year ages (ages 7-11) and high school ages (ages 11-14).
Features of the new micro:bit:
- Inputs and outputs: micro:bit has plenty of input devices, such as the two buttons, the light sensor, temperature sensor, acceleration sensor and magnetism sensor. The main output device is the LED display. Your micro:bit can also send and receive information by radio, so it’s both an input and an output device. You can also add input and output devices using the pins on the microbit.
- Processor: The processor is the brain of the computer, and the micro:bit has a micro processor inside it. It receives inputs, runs the programs you write and gives outputs.
- LEDs: An LED, or light-emitting diode is an output device that gives off light. Your BBC micro:bit has a display of 25 LEDs for you to program.
- Buttons: Buttons are a very common input device. The micro:bit has two buttons you can program, and a reset button. Simply press them to trigger an action.
- Accelerometer: An accelerometer is a motion sensor that measures movement. The accelerometer in your BBC micro:bit detects when you tilt it left to right, backwards and forwards and up and down.
- Temperature sensor: A temperature sensor is an input device that measures temperature. Your BBC micro:bit has a temperature sensor inside the processor which can give you an approximation of the air temperature.
- Compass: A digital compass is an input sensor that detects magnetic fields. Your BBC micro:bit has an inbuilt compass that can detect the direction in which it is facing. The compass has to be calibrated before it can be used to ensure the compass results are accurate. This happens automatically the first time you use the compass in a program.
- Touch logo – NEW! With the new micro:bit, you can use the gold logo as another input in your projects. It’s like having an extra button. The touch logo uses capacitive touch, sensing tiny changes in electrical fields to know when your finger is pressing it – just like your phone or tablet screen. You can trigger events in your programs when you press it like a button, but also when you first touch it, when you let go and if you press it for longer.
- Sound: Your BBC micro:bit can be programmed to make a wide variety of sounds – from single notes, tones and beats to your own musical compositions.
- Speaker – NEW! The new micro:bit has built-in speaker, which makes it really easy to add sound to your projects. Any micro:bit sound project will work with the speaker, but with the new micro:bit you can also express yourself with some new sounds: make your micro:bit giggle, greet you or let you know when it’s sleepy or sad. You can also mute the speaker and sound will still come out of the pins so you can still enjoy micro:bit music on headphones connected to GND and pin 0. In MakeCode, use the music block ‘set on-board speaker off’.
- Microphone – NEW! The new micro:bit has a built-in microphone. You can use it as a simple input – make your micro:bit turn the lights on when you clap. It can also measure the amount of sound, so you can make a noise level meter or disco lights that beat in time with music. The microphone is on the back of the new micro:bit, and on the front you’ll find a new microphone LED next to the hole that lets the sound in. It lights up to show you when your micro:bit is measuring sound levels.
- Radio: Radio is a way of sending and receiving messages and BBC micro:bits can use radio waves to communicate with each other.
- Pins: On the bottom edge of your BBC micro:bit there are 25 gold strips, called pins. These pins allow you to really get creative. You can create circuits, connect external things like buzzers and motors and make your own fun projects.
- USB interface: USBs, or Universal Serial Buses, are are used to connect, communicate and power computers and digital devices. The BBC micro:bit V2 has a USB interface to allow you to connect your computer to your micro:bit V2 using a micro USB cable and power your micro:bit V2.