The BBC micro:bit is a small un-cased circuit board with a display made up of 25 LEDs; a couple of buttons and some sensors. Crucially it has a micro USB socket that allows you to connect it to your computer both to power it and to send programs to it. The micro:bit has large connectors designed to accept alligator clips so that you can connect extra electronics.
MonkMakes have a number of products for the BBC micro:bit and have more in the pipeline. Our flagship product is the Electronics Starter Kit for micro:bit.
With this kit, you get everything you need to start learning about connecting electronics to your micro:bit in an accessible and easy manner. Everything is connected using the supplied alligator clips, so no soldering required. This kit suitable for children as young as 10 with some adult help.
The kit uses three expansion boards for the micro:bit that are designed to be connected together in various configurations using alligator clip leads. These boards are also available to buy separately.
The MonkMakes Relay for micro:bit is a solid-state (no moving parts) relay that allows an output of a micro:bit to turn things on and off. You can also use it to control the speed of a motor or the brightness of a light bulb.
This relay can be used to switch low voltage devices such as light bulbs, a motor, a small heating element or even a string of 12V LED lighting. The voltage needs to be kept under 16V, but the relay will automatically protect itself against too much current.
The MonkMakes Speaker for micro:bit is a neat little amplified speaker that connects to your micro:bit using alligator clips. Despite its small size, this speaker is pretty loud.
The MonkMakes Sensor Board for micro:bit allows you to sense sound level, temperature and light level.