Cool Stuff for Kids

Learn to code

Create anything from robots to musical instruments with the Micro:bit. Fun for kids and adults alike, you can borrow a Micro:bit from East Riding Libraries for free. It's perfect for beginners to get into coding.

For more information, tutorials and inspiring projects to get you started, visit

What can I do with a Micro:bit?
The Micro:bit is a handheld, fully programmable computer. It's plug and play software means you can get coding and build games as soon as you get it home. The device has buttons, an accelerometer (meaning it knows when you tilt or shake it) and a five by five grid of LED lights which can be used to spell words, make shapes and more.

To code, you can use blocks, javascript or python. If that means no more than lego, coffee and snakes to you, don't worry! There's plenty of instructions to help build your knowledge and confidence from scratch.
What will I need to use one?
To use the Micro:bit you will need:
  • A laptop or computer with USB entry (must be Windows 7 or later, or Mac OS X 10.6 or later) or a Bluetooth enabled smartphone or tablet
  • Access to the internet
  • Plenty of imagination!
The Micro:bit kit from the library will come with:
  • An A4 double side printed instructions
  • A battery pack with two AAA batteries
  • A USB to micro-USB cable
  • A Micro:bit
Please note: Parental supervision required for children under 8 years old. Not suitable for children under 3 years old due to small parts.

How to borrow a Micro:bit

Simply visit the Library catalogue and reserve a Micro:bit for collection from your local library.

Reserve a Micro:bit

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