BBC micro:bit

What is the BBC micro:bit?

The BBC micro:bit is a pocket-sized computer that you can code, customise and control – simply switch it on and programme it to light up, sync with other devices, and make your very own BBC micro:bit ideas, games and apps come to life.

The BBC micro:bit project builds on the legacy of the seminal BBC Micro, which was put into the majority of UK schools in the 1980s and was instrumental in the careers of so many of today’s technology pioneers. Computing and digital technology has become ubiquitous since then, but for many, the emphasis has shifted from creation to consumption. The BBC micro:bit aims to help redress the balance.

The device

The BBC micro:bit is a pocket-sized computer that you can code, customise and control to bring your digital ideas, games and apps to life. With 25 red LEDs to light up, simply switch it on, code it, light it up and tell it what you want it to do.

Create anything from games, animations and scrolling stories - all you need is imagination and creativity.

Other features include a built-in compass, motion detector, BLE and rings to connect sensors, so you can plug the BBC micro:bit in to your life.

Use it as a games controller, or count your footsteps each day. Measure temperature, moisture or control a motor.

The easy to use software means you can code something simple in seconds. You can tell your BBC micro:bit what to do by programming your commands from a PC, tablet or mobile.

Connect your BBC microbit to other devices, sensors, kits and objects. Easily connect to other BBC micro:bits to send messages and share your creations, or join forces to create multi-BBC micro:bit masterpieces!