What is ToodleBit?

ToodleBit is a creative, hands-on approach to learning computing aimed at children aged 8-14. Children are taught computational thinking skills which they use to design, make and code their own projects all based around the BBC Micro:Bit.

ToodleBit provides the kit and a series of animated video tutorials.

ToodleBit buggy

What is included?

Animated videos

Videos guide the children through each activity providing the subject knowledge and specialised language. They take the children on a journey learning all about the MicroBit and how to connect it to the computer right up to designing, making and coding their own remote control buggies.

 

Image of components

Kit Box

Includes all the components required to complete each sesson and the associated cross curricula projects. 

 

What is the Micro:Bit?

The Micro:Bit is a small, half a credit size, microprocessor – think of it as a small computer but without its own operating system (most laptops and computers are run by Windows, IOS (Apple), Linux or Chrome OS). This means you have to create the code using another device and then copy it across via USB or Bluetooth. The Micro:Bit will then run that one bit of code. The benefits of this approach include being able to run the Micro:Bit from 2 AAA batteries and carry it around.
The Micro:Bit has two buttons that can be programmed to respond to a user’s input, some sensors including a light and heat and a 25 LED screen which can scroll text or show small images. It also includes an accelerometer and compass. Along the bottom are a number of pins which can be used to connect the Micro:Bit to external projects such as electronic games, tools such as an anemometer and buggies.
 
Rotating BBC Microbit

How do you code the Micro:Bit?

 

Microsoft’s MakeCode editor is the perfect way to start programming with the BBC micro:bit. The colour-coded blocks are familiar to anyone who’s previously used Scratch, and yet powerful enough to access all the features of this tiny computer. Select the code block you require and drag it onto the workspace.

You can also switch to JavaScript to see the text-based code behind the blocks. It is also possible to code the MicroBit using Python.

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