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BBC Doctor Who HiFive Inventor

by SiFive

A hand-shaped mini-computer designed to teach kids how to control robots, react to sensors, create portable projects, and build their own sonic screwdriver!

Enabled by the award-winning Tynker creative coding platform, the HiFive Inventor Kit allows you to begin coding quickly in a self-paced and learner-driven environment. Narrated by Jodie Whittaker, the Thirteenth Doctor, you are taken on an intergalactic journey with challenges such as learning to code and pilot an alien spaceship, control a robot, and program an exotic musical instrument.

What is HiFive Inventor?

The HiFive Inventor engages kids with its friendly hand-shaped form factor and includes built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, a suite of on-board sensors, switches, and a colorful LED-matrix display.

As well as the HiFive Inventor board there is also a complete kit that includes everything you need to get started, just hook it up to your computer!

What's included in the kit:

  • HiFive Inventor mini-computer which features:
    • 150MHz SiFive FE310-G003 RISC-V processor
    • 64KB of SRAM
    • 512 KB of flash for program storage
    • WiFi/Bluetooth wireless
    • microB USB port for programming
    • Two user buttons
    • 8x6 RGB LED matrix
    • Real time clock
    • 3-axis accelerometer and magnetometer
    • Ambient light sensor
    • Thermometer
  • Doctor Who and Tynker coding lessons
  • Thousands of activities and challenges
  • Light up USB LED cable
  • External speaker
  • Crocodile clip cables
  • External battery pack (3 x AA batteries not included)

Younger users will begin their learning journey with the Tynker visual block coding and more advanced users can move on to MicroPython to enable even more advanced projects.

Supported by the BBC

Tynker and BBC Learning take coding to the next level with the revolutionary new BBC Doctor Who HiFive Inventor Coding Kit. Comes with a programmable HiFive mini-computer and guided coding lessons covering Block Coding and MicroPython.

Enaging content

Powered by lessons narrated by the 13th Doctor, Jodie Whittaker, users will navigate exciting activities such as wirelessly piloting an alien spaceship, building an intergalactic weather station, controlling a robot, inventing alien musical instruments, and more!

For all ages 7+

Includes Block Coding courses for beginners, MicroPython courses for more advanced coders, expandable edge connector and interactive ‘CreateProject’ environment for virtually unlimited creativity!

Code with friends

Connect your HiFive with your friends and collaboratively code together. Powered by Tynker, the #1 coding platform for kids worldwide, and BBC Learning, a global leader in digital education. Works with any Internet-connected computer, no coding experience necessary.