Coding and micro:bits

Meet the micro:bit 

The micro:bit is really easy to pick up and use with little training, and can be programmed using a variety of free coding platforms on a PC, laptop or Bluetooth-enabled smartphone or tablet. And although it’s small enough to fit into the palm of your hand, it has a screen, onboard sensors and the option to add a host of exciting peripherals.

You can use your micro:bit for all sorts of cool creations, from robots to musical instruments – the possibilities are endless.

It can be coded from any web browser in Blocks, Javascript, Python, Scratch and more; no software required.

How do a borrow a micro:bit?

You must be 8 years old or older to borrow a micro:bit from Barnet libraries. 

Starter kits are free to borrow and contain a micro:bit, a mini-USB cable and a battery pack (2 AAA batteries are required but not provided), along with some instructions to get you started … which means you can unleash your digital creativity in the comfort of your own bedroom – and get your family involved too!

micro:bits are available to borrow from all Barnet libraries. We issue it to your library card, just like a book - so be aware that you must renew it online, by phone or in person at the library to ensure you don't get a fine - charged at 5p per day overdue.

Get started with JavaScript Blocks Editor

The easiest way to get started is with micro:bit's JavaScript Blocks editor. This makes it easy to program a micro:bit in Blocks and JavaScript.

If you are a bit more advanced and want to push your coding skills further you can try the Python editor instead. 

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