August 8, 2016

Buying microbits / add-ons

Buying microbits

There are a number of official resellers, with many offering a discount for bulk purchases:

4tronix – http://4tronix.co.uk/store/index.php?rt=product/product&product_id=564

The Pi Hut – https://thepihut.com/collections/microbit

Science Scope – https://sciencescope.uk/product-category/coding/bbc-microbit/

Pimoroni – https://shop.pimoroni.com/products/microbit

Maplin – http://www.maplin.co.uk/c/gadgets-toys-and-hobbies/projects-kits-and-modules/bbc-microbit

Kitronix – https://www.kitronik.co.uk/bbc-micro-bit-accessories/bbc-micro-bit.html

Technology will save us – https://www.techwillsaveus.com/shop/microbit/

As every Y7 pupil was (supposed) to have been given a microbit by their school, a number inevitably ended up on ebay – http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/microbit

Getting microbits for free

Secondary schools were given a number of spare microbits, which could be loaned to primary schools

Pupils with siblings in Y7 (2015-16 academic year) could borrow the microbit from their older brother or sister for a period of time

Code Club has previously given devices to eligible primary school after school clubs – https://www.codeclub.org.uk/microbit

Your Computing at School (CAS) regional hub may be able to loan you devices. A list of the regional centres is available here – https://www.computingatschool.org.uk/crcs

Add-on components

Once you have purchased your microbits and developed a few projects, you may wish to add extra components, which will allow you to connect a range of peripherals. microbit gadgets provides a good summary – http://microbitgadgets.co.uk/microbit-projects/microbit-kits/microbit-essentials 

4tronix offers the PlayGround for BBC microbit – http://4tronix.co.uk/store/index.php?rt=product/product&product_id=580 The board allows additional  components to be added without the need for crocodile clips, including their range of Gizmos, which can be purchased separately or as part of a starter kit – http://4tronix.co.uk/store/index.php?rt=product/product&product_id=582 Gizmos are also compatible with the popular Crumble Controller, as mentioned on the microbit alternatives page

Kitronix also has a range of resources, included the line following buggy and an edge connector breakout board – https://www.kitronik.co.uk/microbit.html