The SparkFun Inventor’s Kit (SIK) for micro:bit is a great way to get creative, connected and coding with the micro:bit. The SIK for micro:bit provides not only the micro:bit board but everything you need to hook up and experiment with multiple electronic circuits! With the SIK for micro:bit you will be able to complete circuits that will teach you how to read sensors, move motors, build Bluetooth® devices and more.
The SparkFun Inventor’s Kit for micro:bit is the latest and greatest in single-board computer kits. Surrounding the micro:bit SIK is one core philosophy — that anyone can (and should) experiment with cutting-edge electronics in a fun and playful way without breaking the bank.
The kit does not require any soldering and is recommended for all users, from beginners to engineers. We have provided a complete Experiment Guide in the Documents tab for you to check out now! If you have ever been interested in learning about electronics, or if you have used the original SparkFun Inventor’s Kit and are looking for something new, the SIK for micro:bit is the perfect kit for you!
The micro:bit is a pocket-sized computer that lets you get creative with digital technology. Between the micro:bit and our shield-like bit boards you can do almost anything while coding, customizing and controlling your micro:bit from almost anywhere! You can use your micro:bit for all sorts of unique creations, from robots to musical instruments and more. At half the size of a credit card, this versatile board has vast potential!
This skill concerns mechanical and robotics knowledge. You may need to know how mechanical parts interact, how motors work, or how to use motor drivers and controllers.
Skill Level: Noob - You will be required to put together a robotics kit. Necessary parts are included and steps will be easy to follow. You also might encounter basic robotics components like bearings, mounts, or other hardware and need a general idea of how it goes together.
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If a board needs code or communicates somehow, you're going to need to know how to program or interface with it. The programming skill is all about communication and code.
Skill Level: Rookie - You will need a better fundamental understand of what code is, and how it works. You will be using beginner-level software and development tools like Arduino. You will be dealing directly with code, but numerous examples and libraries are available. Sensors or shields will communicate with serial or TTL.
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If it requires power, you need to know how much, what all the pins do, and how to hook it up. You may need to reference datasheets, schematics, and know the ins and outs of electronics.
Skill Level: Rookie - You may be required to know a bit more about the component, such as orientation, or how to hook it up, in addition to power requirements. You will need to understand polarized components.
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Based on 2 ratings:
Makes it easy to have all parts in one box, even though I could have rounded up most parts from my bench. Essential to have the micro:bit breakout for use on standard breadboard.
I’m still on Experiment 1: Blinking an LED, because trying all of the other P(x) pins opened up questions about how the 25 LEDs are driven on the micro:bit board and which pins are dedicated to what. This got me to start reading some of the micro:bit docs, a good thing.
Changes I would suggest:
Include a labelled schematic instead of or in addition to the circuit picture; it is hard to read the picture even when enlarged.
Post a pdf of the experiments but one without advertising all of the kit parts again and again in every single experiment. I prefer to work from a printout to make notes. This printed out as 45 pages, which could have been reduced to maybe 32 pages.
I got this kit to get my son interested in programming the micro:bit, and as I’m going through the lessons to educate myself on what he’s be learning I’m finding that I’m having a lot of fun. I’m also learning that there’s a lot you can do with the micro:bit. I like that it’s extensible and can interface with a variety of electronic components. I haven’t completed all of the lessons yet, but I can see how you can eventually combine the components in an almost infinite amount of ways to come up with different projects. If my son doesn’t get interested in using this kit I know it won’t be a waste since I’m enjoying playing with it myself.