Getting Started

Step 1

Welcome! Place the ||basic:show string|| block in the ||basic:on start|| slot. Replace the "Hello" text with your name. Did you see it scroll in the simulator?

basic.showString("Micro!")

Step 2

Well, the text stopped scrolling. Place the ||basic:show string|| block in the ||input:on button pressed|| slot to scroll your name when button A is pressed.

input.onButtonPressed(Button.A, () => {
    basic.showString("Micro!")
});

Step 3

Place some blocks to display a smiley when button B is pressed.

Use the dropdown to find B!

input.onButtonPressed(Button.B, () => {
    basic.showLeds(`
    # # . # #
    # # . # #
    . . . . .
    # . . . #
    . # # # .
    `)
})

Step 4

Place the ||basic:show number|| and ||Math:pick random|| blocks in an ||input:on shake|| block to build a dice.

input.onGesture(Gesture.Shake, () => {
    basic.showNumber(Math.randomRange(0, 10))
})

Step 5

A typical dice shows values from 1 to 6. So, in ||Math:pick random||, don’t forget to choose the right minimum and maximum values!

input.onGesture(Gesture.Shake, () => {
    basic.showNumber(Math.randomRange(1, 6))
})

Step 6

If you have a micro:bit, connect a USB cable to it and click |Download|. Save the program to the MICROBIT drive. This transfers your code to the micro:bit!

Step 7

On the micro:bit, press button A to scroll your text. Press button B to show a smiley. Shake the micro:bit and see which number is chosen.

Step 8

Well done! You’ve completed your first Microsoft MakeCode activity.