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A littleBits micro:bit adapter invention on top of a Sphero RVR robot on a desk in front of a laptop.

If you’re a current micro:bit user, we have exciting news to share with you. The new littleBits micro:bit Adapter is available. Now you can now add your micro:bit to your littleBits circuits for endless invention possibilities.

How does the littleBits micro:bit Adapter work? 

The littleBits micro:bit Adapter allows for a whole new experience and enables more extensive inventions in a less-intimidating way. Think of it as the bridge between micro:bit and littleBits, so now you can code with your littleBits by using platforms like the free Microsoft MakeCode or Python Editor for micro:bit

The littleBits micro:bit adapter also enhances your learning with micro:bit. It works by connecting the signals from the littleBits input and output bitsnaps to pins on the micro:bit edge connectors. No special coding libraries are needed. So now you can add your micro:bit to your littleBits circuits for endless invention possibilities. 

And, it’s ideal for all students, no matter their ability or skill level, because it’s easy to use. Simply snap together the inputs and outputs, no wiring, soldering, or alligator clipping needed. It also makes it possible to easily connect littleBits and Sphero RVR in a singular software environment. 

Please note: micro:bit is required for use and sold separately. 

How to take learning and inventing further with the littleBits micro:bit Adapter

Ready to code and create with your littleBits and micro:bit? Below are four inventions to jump-start the creative process. These activities and others are available in littleBits Classroom

micro:bit Countdown

In this invention, you’ll create your very own micro:bit countdown clock using your favorite littleBits and some help from MakeCode.

littleBits micro:bit countdown clock invention on a desk next to a Sphero mug.

Lesson Objectives

Students will:

  • create a circuit, using a micro:bit and the littleBits micro:bit adapter
  • program a micro:bit using MakeCode to countdown based on the input provided

micro:bit Sunflower

In this invention, you’ll create a micro:bit powered sunflower to seek out the best and brightest spots in and around the room.

A littleBits and micro:but sunflower invention on a desk in front of a laptop.

Lesson Objectives

Students will:

  • create a circuit, using a micro:bit and the littleBits micro:bit adapter
  • develop a series of variables to store data to help identify the brightest light

micro:bit Multi-Player

How good is your hand-eye coordination? This invention is a multi-player game that requires you to be quick and accurate. Using the micro:bit, you will create a game in which you and another player must move your hand to the correct height above your sensor before the other person does!

 

Learning Objectives

Students will:

  • create a circuit, using a micro:bit and the littleBits micro:bit adapter
  • program parameters to create competitive gameplay based on proximity feedback

micro:bit Obstacles

In this invention, you’ll create your very own autonomous robot using a micro:bit, your favorite littleBits, and a Sphero RVR. See if you can program RVR through a maze or an obstacle course without it ever hitting a wall or object.

A littleBits micro:bit adapter invention on top of a Sphero RVR robot on a desk in front of a laptop.

Learning Objectives

Students will:

  • create a circuit, using a micro:bit and the littleBits micro:bit adapter
  • test the proper location of sensors to ensure accurate obstacle avoidance
  • program the micro:bit and RVR to work together to avoid any obstacle in RVR’s path
Let the inventing begin! We can’t wait to see what you’ll create using littleBits, micro:bit, Sphero robots, and more. Be sure to tag us on Twitter @Sphero so we can see and share your creations to inspire others. #BeyondCode
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