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BBC micro:bit – Whack-a-Mole

Whack-a-mole is a popular arcade game invented in 1976 by Aaron Fechter of Creative Engineering, Inc.. The adaptation of this game to the mirco:bit has been fully designed and implemented by one of our students during a computer science lesson!

BBC micro:bit – Car Lighting System

For this challenge we will use the microbit and a couple of LEDs to act as the indicators lights of a car. Our aim is to use the built-in accelerometer sensor of the mincro:bit to detect if it is being

BBC micro:bit – Lightning Distance Calculator

Have you ever seen a lightning flash or heard the thunder of lightning and wondered how close you were from the ligthning strike? Have you noticed that there often was a delay between the flash of light and the clap

BBC micro:bit – Gold Rush!

During a gold rush, gold miners use different techniques to find traces of gold hidden in the ground. One technique that miners use is gold panning. It consists of scooping some gravels and clear water in a pan which is

BBC micro:bit RGB Gradient

In this challenge we will use the BBC micro:bit to control a RGB LED to create a gradient light effect where the LED will fade from red to purple, to blue, to purple and back to red. To do so

BBC micro:bit – The Queen’s Cupcake

In this challenge we will create a game for the BBC micro:bit. Imagine you have been asked to bring a cupcake to Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II. You have picked the best cupcake from the kitchen and placed it

BBC micro:bit – Tetris Game

For this challenge we are creating a game of Tetris to play on the BBC micro:bit. The game will be based on the following four shapes: The game will use the following inputs: Button A: Move current brick to the

BBC micro:bit – Rock Paper Scissors Game

For this challenge you need to code your micro:bit so that when you shake the micro:bit a picture appears randomly. There should be three possible pictures: A picture of a rock, A picture of a pair of scissors, A picture

BBC micro:bit – Higher or Lower Game

For this challenge you will design and write a program to play against the BBC micro:bit. The micro:bit will display a random number between 0 and 100. It will then ask the end-user whether they believe the next number will

BBC micro:bit – Roll the Dice

In this challenge we will code our BBC micro:bit to create a “rolling dice” animation. Our code will generate random numbers between 1 and 6 to create the animation and will include 8 frames. The last frame will be the

BBC micro:bit – Digital Compass

In this challenge we will use the compass sensor from the BBC micro:bit to create a digital compass. Based on the compass heading (retrieved ftom the sensor), the micro:bit will display one of the four cardinal points: N for North

BBC micro:bit – Magic 8 Ball

For this project we are going to code our micro:bit to act as a magic 8 ball: The user will think of a question such as: Will it be snowing tomorrow? Will I be a rock star one day? Will

BBC micro:bit – Ticketing System

Your challenge consists of programming your BBC micro:bit to use it as a ticketing system. Ticketing systems are used in a shop to control the order of the queue of customers: The queue should start at the value 0, and

BBC micro:bit – Voting System

In this challenge you will create a voting system using the BBC micro:bit. You can complete the code online on the BBC micro:bit website. The idea is to use the BBC micro:bit in the classroom to conduct a survey by

BBC micro:bit – Ukulele Chord Reader

For this challenge we are going to build a Ukulele Chord Reader for Eric Clapton’s version of the song: “Knock on Heaven’s Door” (Original Author Bob Dylan). You may want to listen to the song first on youtube The idea

BBC micro:bit – Simon Game

In this blog post we are looking at recreating a fully working Simon Game using the BBC micro:bit. If you are not sure what a Simon Game is you can check it on this wikipedia page. You can watch the

BBC micro:bit – Stopwatch

In this challenge we are going to create a Stopwatch (Countdown timer) using the BBC micro:bit. You do no need a micro:bit to complete this challenge as you can use the online block editor and emulator ( to code and

BBC micro:bit – Traffic Light

In this challenge we are going to create and program a traffic light using lego bricks, leds and the BBC micro:bit. Check this video clip of the complete traffic light in operation: Step 1: Building the traffic light: Use a

BBC micro:bit – Car Racing Game

In this challenge you will recreate a fully working game using the BBC micro:bit. You can complete the code online on the BBC micro:bit website. First check this video to see how this game will work: Building the game step

BBC micro:bit – Project Ideas

On this blog post we are listing a few projects that could be implemented using a BBC micro:bit using either the Block programming interface or the Python interface: