You have a BBC micro:bit, but perhaps a compact embedded computer is just sitting around gathering dust. It’s time to clean it up and use it again!

A wide range of accessories has been released for this device, allowing you to expand the functionality in a way that you could never have dreamed of.

Here are some of the best micro:bit add-ons that allow you to do something new with your device. Please note that none of these kits come with the micro:bit itself, which is available separately.

1. Electronic starter kit

Electronic starter kit for micro:bit

If your BBC micro:bit is gathering dust for lack of compatible (or easily pluggable) components, then this electronic starter kit from Monk Makes is a great option.

This kit, including speaker, relay, touchpad, fan motor, light bulb, 10 alligator leads, one AA battery, and 30 page manual, is perfect for a number of great projects.

The guide includes several projects, with a block editor and MicroPython options. Among the projects you will find a motion alarm, a «shout meter», several ways to manipulate a fan, and a magical tool similar to theramine.

Once you have completed our recommended BBC micro:bit projects for beginners it’s a great way to keep using your device.

2. Protective silicone case for wearable

Micro: bit protective case

One of the most popular ways to use the BBC micro:bit is as a wearable device that uses an LED matrix to display text or an image. But attaching the device to clothing can be a bit tricky. While you might like the idea of ​​making a handmade cotton pouch, this protective silicone case is a much better solution.

Designed to provide full access to pins, A and B buttons, USB ports and other connectors, these cat microplates come in blue, yellow, red or yellow.

3. Ring: bit expansion board

Ring: Bit Expansion Board for Microbit

Looking for a way to connect your micro:bit to servos with a built-in battery box? Something perfect for, say, building a micro:bit car? The answer is the Ring:Bit expansion board, which comes with a function select switch, a power switch, and two sets of pins. This board supports up to three servos and has room for three AA batteries.

Micro: The bit is attached to this board through five pole holes. Program this peripheral with common micro:bit languages ​​including Microsoft Blocks and MicroPython (compact version of Python, one of the easiest programming languages. the easiest languages. the easiest languages).

4. Inventive kit

Once you have done everything in the starter set, the only way is up. The Micro:bit Inventor kit from Kitronic features a connector board designed for use with breadboards, one of which is included in the kit. There is also a collection of LEDs, LDRs, capacitors, fan, motor, switches, wires and a tutorial.

No soldering is required, but by the end of the book you should know how to dim an LED with a potentiometer, use a transistor to drive a motor, and more.

5. Edge connector

Edge connector for Micro: bit

If you like the look of the Inventor’s Kit but don’t have the budget or just don’t need most of the items, the Edge Connector board can be purchased separately.

This is a basic breakout board that you can use to easily connect your micro:bit to various hardware via a breadboard.

6. Octopus: Beat (Micro: Beat Breakout Board)

Octopus: Beat Breakout Board for Micro: Beat

If the Edge Connector gaming board doesn’t give you enough to play with, Octopus: A little for sure. Simply insert a micro: bit into the socket and access the collection of GPIO pins, providing a variety of connection options.

The device includes a UART port, an I2C port, and an SPI port, and two devices, complete with connected micro:bits, can be connected together for serial communication.

If you’re looking for breakthrough options, this is just as good as micro:bit.

7. MakerFocus 1.8 inch LCD

MakerFocus 1.8

Have you ever thought about adding a color display to your BBC Micro BBC? Not just an LED display, but a real, vibrant, 65,000-color, 160×128 pixel LCD with SPI interface? The MakerFocus 1.8″ LCD monitor is ideal for this purpose and includes built-in SRAM cache.

Just plug your micro:bit into the connector and you’re good to go. The display also includes reserved solder pads for use with Arduino/Nucleo boards.

8. Scroll: bit

Scroll:bit display to micro:bit

At the same time, if you want something more in keeping with the micro:bit low-fi, 8-bit aesthetic, Pimoroni’s scroll:bit might be more appropriate. Essentially, by expanding the 5 x 5 LED matrix to 17 x 77, 119 new LED pixels can be individually controlled. As with the main matrix, the LEDs can be programmed with Microsoft MakeCode and MicroPython.

Attach this to your micro:bit and create animations, graphics, even video games and complex wearable messages!

9. MI: force shield

MI: power board for micro:bit

If wearables are your thing, then you’ve probably struggled to keep your BBC micro: a bit on. You may have tried a portable USB charger for smartphones while storing the battery in a backpack or pocket. Not very practical, but this MI: Power Board is a lightweight and compact solution to your problem.

With a built-in buzzer and 3V coin cell holder, the MI:power board is designed to fit snugly on the micro:bit. It uses GND and 3V connectors for power and P0 for buzzer; These connectors are also used to attach the MI:power board to your BBC micro:bit. There is also a useful switch!

Extend Your BBC Micro: Bit Functionality

Each of these peripherals naturally requires you to have a BBC micro:bit computer. If you don’t already have one, or have access through your school, you can order one from Amazon.

Want to learn more about this versatile little computer? Check out our BBC micro:bit review

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