Setting up the Micro:bit with Makecode
This guide steps through how to set up the BBC Micro:Bit programming interface and how to add on packages.
Note: If you are using Windows 10 and the micro:bit is not detected and you are unable to upload code to it, connect the micro:bit to another device and upgrade to the latest micro:bit firmware. This does not apply to Mac OSX users.
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Step 1 Go to the makecode.microbit.org website.
- All of the programming for the micro:bit is done through their website. Open this link to go to the website: https://makecode.microbit.org
- Click on 'New Project'
- You'll then be directed to the MakeCode editor.
Step 2 The two interfaces
Step 3 Introduction to the Blocks Interface
- The blocks interface is a visual programming interface; where 'blocks' 'snap' into place to form functions and commands
- This type of interface is aimed at beginners to aid them in the beginning of their programming journey and help one understand how computer commands and functions work.
Step 4 Blocks interface - Panel Layout
- As a blank project is opened, down the side is the location of all the 'blocks' separated in their categories; With a BBC micro simulator next to this.
- In the centre is the panel building space. This is where the blocks get placed and the programming happens!
Step 5 Adding extensions
- Extension packages are used to extend the functionality of the bbc:micro.
- To add a package, you must first click on the 'Advanced' tab found on the bottom of the panel layout.
- Next select 'Extensions' button
- And now you can search for the extension package you need, for the groove kit, the package required is the 'grove zero' package
Step 6 Blocks interface - Programming
- To program using the block interface, an 'on start' or a 'forever' loop is required which allows anything in this loop runs forever.
- To program, a simple click, drag and drop maneuverer is employed; this can be done with any of the 'blocks'.
- This will open the interface where any initial blocks become text.
- The add on packages still apply here
Step 9 Adding a program to the micro:bit
- First off, click the download button in the bottom left corner of the screen.
- This will download a hex file (computer program file) which the micro:bit can read.
- Next, plug in your micro:bit, this will reveal a USB on your computer.
- Lastly copy across the downloaded file to the micro:bit by dragging and dropping it into the MICRO:BIT drive
- The micro:bit will flash as the code is being uploaded. Once done, unplug the micro:bit.