Meet your hardware

Let's get familiar with the hardware we'll be working with.


Here are some of the many components on the board:

  • A microcontroller.
  • A number of LEDs, most notably the LED matrix on the back
  • Two user buttons as well as a reset button (the one next to the USB port).
  • One USB port.
  • A sensor that is both a magnetometer and an accelerometer

Of these components, the most important is the microcontroller (sometimes shortened to "MCU" for "microcontroller unit"), which is the bigger of the two black squares sitting on the side of the board with the USB port. The MCU is what runs your code. You might sometimes read about "programming a board", when in reality what we are doing is programming the MCU that is installed on the board.

If you happen to be interested in a more in detail description of the board you can checkout the micro:bit website.

Since the MCU is so important, let's take a closer look at the one sitting on our board. Note that only one of the following two sections applies to your board, depending on whether you are working with a micro:bit v2 or v1.