Microsoft MakeCode is a free, open source platform for creating engaging computer science learning experiences that support a progression path into real-world programming.
Students new to coding can start with colored blocks that they can drag and drop onto their workspace to construct their programs.
Python Editor for micro:bit
micro:bit Python editor is designed with teachers and learners in mind: you can easily enlarge the text size for sharing on a large screen or whiteboard, download projects as Python text files or .HEX files ready to flash onto a micro:bit. It also works with micro:bit classroom.
Frequently Asked Questions
How many bits and accessories are included?
14 bits, 9 accessories
How are the littleBits powered?
Through RVR usb port with a p3 power bit or through the p7 power bit and an external battery
Which apps do you use to program littleBits?
With the micro:bit adaptor and a micro:bit (sold separately) you can program littleBits and RVR using Microsoft MakeCode or the micro:bit phython editor.
Where can I find some tips and tricks on how to get started with the micro:bit adaptor?
Where can I find lessons for the RVR + littleBits topper kit?
Check out edu.sphero.com or classroom.littlebits.com
How many students does the RVR + littleBits topper serve?
Recommended that 1-4 students can work with each kit and a RVR.
Do all the inventions need to be built on top of RVR?
No, you can create extensions for RVR but you can also create other inventions that are not connected to RVR, but can still interact with the robot or create something completely separate.
Why do I have 3 different cables?
- Split cable is used to power both your littleBits as well as send data to RVR from the micro:bit. The side with a white strip should connect to the micro:bit and the other side should connect to the p3 powerbit, you only need to use this cable if you are using the micro:bit adaptor and micro:bit
- Single USB cable connects to the p3 power bit to power your inventions with RVR
- Battery cable connects to the p7 Power bit to power your invention outside of RVR
Are only the bits included in the RVR topper kit compatible with RVR?
No, use any bits to expand RVR. However only the micro:bit adaptor with a micro:bit can be used to connect both RVR with micro:bit and littleBits
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