Computer science can seem daunting at first. Thankfully, the BBC micro:bit mini computer was designed specifically to help young people get into coding and programming, skills deemed essential for many jobs in the future. In its first year of release, 90% of UK students and teachers said it helped them see that anyone can code.
So, what can you do with it? The short answer is lots! It’s the ideal kit for coding beginners and offers everything you could need to get stuck in and test your creativity.
If you’re unsure where to start or simply want some inspiration, read our roundup of fun BBC micro:bit projects below. You can down the completed code for all of them and many more online, making it easy to get different projects up and running.
Do you love using emojis online and through smartphones to communicate your emotions? A smiley buttons project could be perfect for letting people know how you’re feeling. It’s easy to code your micro:bit to display a happy or sad face based on the buttons you press.
If you’re feeling extra affectionate, you could even create code to display a beating heart!
Want everyone to know your name and how proud you are of your coding skills? The name tag project simply involves coding a name to display on the device’s LED screen.
Users can then create a high-tech name badge to wear with pride around the house, at school or even out in public!
Do you often make decisions based on the good old-fashioned game of rock, paper, scissors? Bring it into the 21st century with a mini game coding project! You could then challenge friends and family members to take on your device and see who wins.
Other mini game projects include transforming the micro:bit into a digital dice, or using its display for a life-like coin toss to call heads or tails.
We’re all told to get a recommended number of steps in every day to stay fit and healthy. Usually you’d track your activity levels on a fancy watch or a smartphone app, but why not code your own step counter?
You could even attach the micro:bit to your ankle with a strap to keep your steps logged with extra style and convenience.
These coding adventures are only the start. Tackle your favourite ones above then move on to more advanced projects as you develop your skills.