What are the MicroPython / BBC micro:bit courses?
The BBC micro:bit is a handheld, fully programmable computer that was given free to every Year 7 student across the UK. We're very excited about the opportunities for learning and teaching programming using similar microcontroller devices. The micro:bit is a fairly cheap, robust & accessible option. We teach MicroPython, a lean and fast implementation of Python 3 for microcontrollers.
On our Grok platform, we've created a full micro:bit simulator in the browser so students can learn how to program a physical device before tackling all the issues that come with a physical device. We've also developed learning materials with automated marking to help teachers use the BBC micro:bit effectively as a teaching tool in the classroom.
We have a handy FAQ about what micro:bit hardware to buy. You can also check out these blog articles about using the micro:bit in your classroom.
- Uploading a program from Grok onto the BBC micro:bit (ACA blog)
- Teaching robotics with the BBC micro:bit (Grok blog)
- Become a Time Lord with the BBC micro:bit (Grok blog)
- Morse Code on the BBC micro:bit (Grok blog)