Overview

The Adafruit CRICKIT for micro:bit is a very nifty add-on. With it, you can extend the capabilities of the micro:bit to include additional inputs/outputs, capacitive touch input, servo control and DC motor control.

These functions can be accessed via the Arduino IDE with the following tutorials:

This guide presents using CRICKIT functions via MicroPython. MicroPython was started by author Damien George to allow Python programming on microcontrollers like the micro:bit. CircuitPython is a fork of MicroPython that Adafruit started to make Python on microcontrollers easier for beginners. Unfortunately, CircuitPython will not fit onto the limited memory of the micro:bit. 

There are significant differences between MicroPython and CircuitPython. This tutorial focuses on using MicroPython on micro:bit with an Adafruit CRICKIT robotics controller attached.

Parts

BBC micro:bit

PRODUCT ID: 3530
The British Invasion is here! No, not music...microcontrollers! New to the USA is the newest and easiest way to learn programming and electronics - the BBC...
$14.95
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Adafruit CRICKIT for micro:bit

PRODUCT ID: 3928
Sometimes we wonder if robotics engineers ever watch movies. If they did, they'd know that making robots into slaves always ends up in a robot rebellion. Why even go down that...
$29.95
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USB A/Micro Cable - 2m

PRODUCT ID: 2185
This is your standard USB A-Plug to Micro-USB cable. It's 2 meters long so you'll have plenty of cord to work with for those longer extensions.
$4.95
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5V 2A (2000mA) switching power supply - UL Listed

PRODUCT ID: 276
This is a FCC/CE certified and UL listed power supply. Need a lot of 5V power? This switching supply gives a clean regulated 5V output at up to 2000mA. 110 or 240 input, so it works in...
$7.95
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A breadboard and some parts are used to demonstrate certain functions - feel free to only get the parts you may want to use for your project.

1 x Half Breadboard
Half-size breadboard
1 x Micro Servo
Tiny little servo can rotate approximately 180 degrees
1 x DC Motor
Toy / Hobby Motor - 130 Size
1 x 10K potentiometer
Breadboard size trim pot
1 x LEDs
Diffused 5mm LED Pack - 5 LEDs each in 5 Colors - 25 Pack
1 x Breadboard Buttons
Tactile Button switch (6mm) x 20 pack
This guide was first published on May 15, 2019. It was last updated on May 15, 2019. This page (Overview) was last updated on Oct 17, 2019.