1 Set Up

Steps 1 2 3 4 5
Steps 1 2 3 4 5 6

Step 1

We created BirdBlox as a tablet-based programming option for the Hummingbird. Since the Hummingbird Bit is based on the micro:bit. You can also use BirdBlox to wirelessly program the micro:bit! This module will cover how to set up the micro:bit to start programming in BirdBlox.

Step 2

Install BirdBlox onto your tablet or smartphone.

Step 3

Connect the micro:bit to the computer with the USB cord. The micro:bit also needs a source of power, so connect it to the battery pack.

Step 4

Download this file onto your computer and drag it onto the micro:bit (you will need a computer with a USB port for this step). Your device should start to flash three letters on its display.

Note: If you also use MakeCode with your micro:bit, you will need to repeat this step each time you switch from MakeCode to BirdBlox.

Step 5

Remove the USB cord. You won’t need it to use BirdBlox!

Step 1

This module will show you how to connect BirdBlox to the micro:bit via bluetooth.

Step 2

Open BirdBlox.

Step 3

Tap New to create a new program. Give it a descriptive name.

Step 4

Tap the Hummingbird Connect button. Select Connect Device.

Step 5

Tap the name of your device. To identify your device, look at the initials flashing on the micro:bit. Match these to the name on tablet.

Step 6

When you connect to the micro:Bit, the initials will stop flashing. On the tablet screen, the dot on the Hummingbird Connect button will turn green, and the blocks for the micro:bit will turn teal.

Note: If you lose the connection to the micro:bit, the initials will start to flash, the dot on the Hummingbird Connect button will turn red, and the blocks for the micro:bit will turn gray. If this happens, tap the Hummingbird Connect button, select Disconnect Device, and then reconnect.

If you are not connected to the micro:bit but the initials are not flashing, try changing your batteries!