‘Micro Games’

Python Tutorials for the BBC micro:bit

In recent history, the teaching of IT in schools was focused on lessons about office apps. While this was useful, a critical skill at the heart of computing had been lost: programming. The BBC sought to address this shortage by developing a tiny computer – a microcontroller, similar to the Raspberry Pi, only simpler. It featured an in-built LED display and controls, making it appealing to kids, yet suitable for coding exercises. In 2017 the BBC released the micro:bit, gifting one million units to secondary schools throughout the UK.

Micro Games is a learning resource for the micro:bit. Teach yourself how to program in Python, using twelve game-making projects, each one progressively more challenging. This is not just about moving LEDs around a 5×5 grid. You’ll learn how to measure tilt using the accelerometer; how to add a speaker to play sounds; how to connect a colourful NeoPixel array; how to make two micro:bits talk to each other via Bluetooth radio. All this, and more, is accomplishing using Python, a real programming language used in the workplace.

A book by Darryl Sloan (2017)

Buy Micro Games digitally, for £3.00 worldwide. It will be sent to you as a PDF file (160 pages, formatted A4). You can enjoy the book directly on the monitor while you code, on a companion tablet, or you can print your own copy for the full tactile experience …