The Official BBC micro:bit User Guide

The Official BBC micro:bit User Guide

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The go-to guide to getting started with the BBC micro:bit and exploring all of its amazing capabilities.

The BBC micro:bit is a pocket-sized electronic development platform built with education in mind. It was developed by the BBC in partnership with major tech companies, communities, and educational organizations to provide kids with a fun, easy, inexpensive way to develop their digital skills. With it, kids (and grownups) can learn basic programming and coding while having fun making virtual pets, developing games, and a whole lot more.

Written by internationally bestselling tech author Gareth Halfacree and endorsed by the Micro:bit Foundation, The Official BBC micro:bit User Guide contains what you need to know to get up and running fast with the BBC micro:bit. Learn everything from taking your first steps with the BBC micro:bit to writing your own programs. You'll also learn how to expand its capabilities with add-ons through easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions.

Set up your BBC micro:bit and develop your digital skills
Write code in JavaScript Blocks, JavaScript, and Python
Discover the BBC micro:bit s built-in sensors
Connect the BBC micro:bit to a Raspberry Pi to extend its capabilities
Build your own circuits and create hardware

The Official BBC micro:bit User Guide is your go-to source for learning all the secrets of the BBC micro:bit. Whether you're just beginning or have some experience, this book allows you to dive right in and experience everything the BBC micro:bit has to offer.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 312 pages
  • 188 x 234 x 14mm | 514g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1. Auflage
  • 111938673X
  • 9781119386735
  • 66,982

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With comprehensive coverage and easy-to-follow instructions, The Official BBC micro: bit User Guide contains everything you need to know to start building right away. No coding experience? No problem. You'll begin with basic concepts and learn how the BBC micro: bit works. Simple Python and JavaScript commands demonstrate fundamental coding concepts, while step-by-step instructions walk you through the process using simple, everyday language. More experienced programmers can dive right in to writing their own code and customizing their BBC micro: bit with add-ons. The BBC micro: bit is fully compatible with the Raspberry Pi, opening the door to a whole world of possibilities at your fingertips.

The BBC micro: bit was created by the BBC in partnership with major tech companies, communities, and educational organizations to provide kids with a fun, practical, inexpensive way to learn programming. The board's simplicity and accessibility belie its capabilities, and its broad compatibility makes it an exciting entry point to the world of electronics. Connect the BBC micro: bit to your computer, design your own simple software or download ready-made code, build your own hardware and see where the BBC micro: bit takes you--the digital world is waiting.

Designed to help beginning programmers of any age have fun while developing valuable skills, The Official BBC micro: bit User Guide contains everything you need to know about this pocket-sized marvel: Learn how the BBC micro: bit works and what it can doMaster basic programming concepts in JavaScript Blocks (MakeCode), and Python(R)Communicate wirelessly between BBC micro: bitsBuild your own wearable BBC micro: bitBuild circuits and add extensionsIntegrate the BBC micro: bit with the Raspberry Pi(R)Use provided code recipes to get started right away

Find circuit diagrams, code downloads, and more at the companion website:
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About Wiley

GARETH HALFACREE is the author of the Raspberry Pi User Guide and an expert in educational and embedded computing. A noted technology journalist and long-time tech author, Gareth also has an extensive background in computing education.
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