Check Out Our List of Essential Items for the BBC Micro:bit
We’ve compiled a handy list of the most common parts needed to complete the micro:bit projects featured on our website. Once you’re feeling like a micro:bit pro try to create your own projects! Write custom code for your projects and wow your friends and family with your wacky ideas. Share them at school, and get some tips and tricks from your teachers.
Essential for turning your micro:bit into any sort of circuit, crocodile wires come in many colours and lengths. They give micro:bits the functionality to connect to peripherals, become the centre of a project, or even connect with other micro:bits to become an amazing networked piece of technology. Coming in all sorts of colours, jumper wires are as vital to the micro:bit as batteries.
Micro USB Cable
Probably the most essential of all these essentials. A micro USB cable will be how you load programs to your micro:bit (unless you’re using one of the apps). It will also power the micro:bit up and is a great way of connecting the micro:bit to other Single Board Computers.
Essential for building any sort of circuitry when using a breadboard or similar piece of equipment. Kind of like a crocodile wire but less clampy.
Sometimes you want to turn half or the whole of your jumper wire into a crocodile wire. They're a great way of clipping your peripherals to the micro:bit’s input / output rings, building circuits, or attaching anything to anything using wires. Having these handy means you can build incredible projects without having to bend the end of your jumper wires, making them much more functional and reusable when building simpler circuits. If you pick some up with plastic shrouding, they'll have the handy ability to prevent accidental short-circuits.
Want to build an alarm so you can know whenever someone’s sneaking into the kitchen for a midnight snack? Or a steady hand game to see who of your friends is the most cool under pressure? You’ll need a buzzer for that. Unless you're going to be using a breadboard with your BBC micro:bit, it's probably a good idea to get a buzzer with fly leads for easy connection.
An essential piece of equipment for anyone wanting to get properly involved with CAD (computer assisted design). Using open source code and one of the many fantastic online code repositories, you can print out almost anything you can imagine. And once you’re a design pro you can fill in the gaps that almost anything doesn’t cover. A 3D printer will allow you to build the foundations for incredible micro:bit projects.
What use is a 3D printer without filaments? Pick your favourite colours and get making!
Unless you’re linked to something through the USB connector, the micro:bit requires two AAA batteries for power. Better get a big supply of them!
But how will you power up your micro:bit without something to connect the batteries to? This battery clip is perfect for holding your batteries in place and easy to attach to other components, and is one of the few with a JST connector (the little white square that will connect to your micro:bit). Time to code and build.