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Connecting Wires and Accessories to the micro:bit: Getting Started with an ARM-Based Embedded System

Video Description

Learn multiple ways to connect different types of wires to the micro:bit. This video shows you how to use items found in a typical hardware store, therefore making all its methods accessible to the average person. There is no soldering involved. The methods demonstrated include using:
  • Alligator clips
  • Jumper wires
  • Banana plugs
  • Nuts and bolts
  • Ring crimp terminals

In this video, you will cover the advantages and disadvantages of each method, as well as see code samples that demonstrate how data is transferred from different accessories to the micro:bit. 

The micro:bit edge connector gives you access to five pins: three input and output pins and two pins for powering other devices. This allows you to add lots of extra accessories such as buttons, lights and motors to the micro:bit. There are many edge connector breakout boards available for adding accessories to the micro:bit available commercially at an extra cost. 

What You'll Learn
  • Connect wires to the micro:bit using multiple methods
  • Code the micro:bit to use external accessories

Who This Video Is For

Viewers of any skill and experience level. The typical viewer does not need any specific skills except being able to follow instructions and knowing how to use a computer. For ease of use you may want to use specific tools like a wire stripper and a crimper but these are not required.