BBC micro:bit

The XinaBox range currently includes over 80 sensors, bridges, cores, interfaces and other types of peripherals, and it is growing all the time. These ‘xChips’ will help you to super-charge your BBC micro:bit:

Build simple and complex circuits quickly and easily. The modular system allows you to connect xChips like building blocks - anyone can build a circuit in seconds, with no need for soldering irons, breadboards or consumables. And when you are done, disassemble the circuit and start again! It takes seconds when you know how.

Classroom use. Our range is easy to use and our circuits are sturdy - they've survived nine days in space, a fall from 30Km and thousands of hours in classrooms across the world. Small hands manage the kit easily and the simplicity of the system means the focus is on the digital instrument and the data it generates, rather than the methods used to build it.  Our XK04 STEM kit for the BBC micro:bit is a great way to explore data science and automation.

Data Logging. The value of a rich data set cannot be overstated. How many data points would you need to prove Gay-Lussac's law?  Or to be able to map the g-forces at play on a roller coaster? Or to chart the UV levels in a classroom throughout the day, or to measure the air quality during a walk?  Our data logging system for BBC micro:bit allows you to record gigabyte sized csv files of sensor data onto a microSD card.

IoT. At XinaBox we believe that it is essential to teach young learners about IoT, in particular the way that it unlocks data analysis with big data sets in the classroom. IoT is not especially well served on micro:bit: there are some workarounds that give you an IoT-like experience, but unless you know your way around technical jargon and endless acronyms it is tricky.  We've developed our XK05 IoT kit for micro:bit to overcome this: we've stripped out as much of the technical mumbo-jumbo as possible to bring you an IoT experience that is accessible for first time users.  

No-code options. Our ecosystem is perfect for building digital instruments that measure and record data, so are of value outside of the computer science lab: a Geography teacher might find many uses for a weather station and a light sensor could be put to great use in Physics or Biology. By using our pre-compiled code to power the instruments you can build the tool you need in minutes or even prepare them before a lesson.  Hardware is NOT just for coding and we need to get young learners engaged with data and technology!

Cross-platform. It doesn’t matter if you use a BBC micro:bit, a Raspberry Pi, Arduino IDE or any number of other platforms. The XinaBox range works with all of the leading EdTech microprocessors. With xChips you only need 1 set of peripherals for all your learning platforms. Check out all the bridges that are available.

Inventing and prototyping. Our system makes it easier to prototype ideas. No fiddling with wires or running out of pins - from idea to prototype in a fraction of the time. Check out some of the great projects people have built with xChips.

Resources. Our range is supported by a rich and growing body of great resources, including DIY tutorials / projects, experiments, lesson guides and open source software. For the BBC micro:bit we are making more and more xChips 'micro:bit ready', which means that there is a MakeCode library and how-to guides available to help you get started.  This page list all the xChips that are currently supported and we are adding more all the time.