The low cost BBC Micro:bit Robot
Order your robot kit at the bottom of this page
At just £25 our robot kit for use with the BBC Micro:bit is great value and includes all the parts and instructions to make your own robot. The robot is a fully programmable, expandable device with activities for all ages. Supplied with clear instructions, the kit takes about an hour to build. The robot is programmed using programmable blocks which will be familiar to those who use Scratch. A free programming guide allows you to write programs to control your robot. A micro switch is included with the kit to expand the capability of the robot.
Key educational messages
- It is important for children to have experience of real world, physical computing
- Building a robot is a creative process that promotes independent learning and high level thinking skills
- It involves problem solving, computational thinking and STEM
- Robot builders get a sense of pride
- A valuable and flexible resource
- It is great fun!
We can also run a robot building course at your school!
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Do get in touch if you have a question about the robot or anything else!
Q: How long does it take to build the robot?
A: We allow about an hour for a teacher to assemble a robot.
Q: Can the robot be taken apart again once built?
A: Yes. The only components that we recommend leaving on the chassis are the velcro strip that holds the battery pack and the castor. The only parts you will need are small cable ties and sticky feet.
Q: How do I program the robot?
A: We use the BBC Mico:bit block editor which is easy to use and will be familiar if you have used Scratch. Example programs can be downloaded from this site so you can get your robots moving straight away
Q: Can I use another editor eg the new Microsoft PXT tool?
A: Yes you can program the robot with any tool or even over Bluetooth with a tablet. We hope to have examples on this site in the future.
Downloadable resources for your BBC Micro:bit robot
Programming guide for your BBC Micro:bit robot
Robot Starter Compiled – HEX file to be downloaded, unzipped and uploaded to your BBC Micro:bit
Robot Starter Script – JSZ file to be downloaded, unzipped and imported into the BBC Micro:bit block editor
Follow a Path – Word template to create a maze for your robot to follow
Bump and Go – This activity uses the micro switch supplied with the kit to sense obstacles and react to them. Included are instructions for adding the sensor and a program supplied as a JSZ file for importing into the BBC Micro:bit block editor.
Order the BBC Micro:bit robot
The BBC Micro:bit robot kit costs £25 and can be ordered directly from us. Step by step instructions for building the kit are included and programming guide can be downloaded above. There is a minimum order of 10 kits. Please note that you will need a pair of scissors or side cutters, a BBC Micro:bit and 4 AA batteries to power it.