More Micro:bit Part 1
I had a brief post about the Micro:bit back in early September but I wanted to go into some more detail about the board and what you can do with it. Sparkfun.com is still a great source for the Micro:bit and all of the accessories I'll talk about today - and they also have some great video tutorials for learning about the bit and the extra kits. Here's the site: https://www.sparkfun.com/microbit
The Micro:bit Go Bundle is a great start, it costs only $16.50 and you get the bit, USB cable, and battery pack with batteries. Prices on Amazon are a bit higher so I'd recommend buying from Sparkfun.
The first screen looks like this:
Back to the the Micro:bit site - a good way to start is by looking at some of the example projects. Click on Projects on the menu bar, then Examples. Choose the Name Tag program. It should look like this:
In this program you have two blocks, both from the Basic set (the medium blue color option from the column in the middle of your screen.) A Forever block - meaning do whatever is inside forever, and the show string block which contains the text that will be scrolled across the microbit LED matrix, forever. You should see James being scrolled across the simulated Micro:bit to the left of your screen. If you type in a new name in the text field, then that new name/text will be scrolled across the matrix.
This is all happening on your virtual Micro:bit. If you want to download it to your own Micro:bit, then click Download. This puts the program in the Download file on your computer. If you have your Micro:bit plugged in (via the USB cable) it will show up in your file directory, just like a USB drive or HD card, and you can drag the file from Downloads to Micro:bit. This loads it on the bit and you should see the text you entered in the block, scrolling across the bit.
Try some more of the examples, making changes to the program to see what happens.
In the next post I'll talk about the accessories for your Micro:bit, including an Arcade game and a Robot.