The Firia Labs platform works with most computers, but there are a few specific requirements that must be satisfied for correct operation.
- The JumpStart and Explorer Kits come with everything you need, including micro: bit boards, cables, and sensors.
- Each student will need a computer with a recent version of the Chrome web browser (v65 or later).
Computer / OS:
- Chromebooks work great – just make sure they are up to date.
- To check, type chrome://help in the address bar of Chrome.
- Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 should work with no additional USB drivers needed.
- Mac OS X 10.13 and later should also work with no additional drivers.
- Windows 7 or prior unfortunately will not work.
- VMware thin clients will require a USB forwarding rule configuration for the micro: bit devices.
- When the micro: bit is plugged into a computer, it will appear as a USB “mass storage device” - just like a flash drive. This is not required for normal classroom use! So don’t worry if your school has a policy preventing flash drives, students will still be able to use the micro: bits.
- Occasionally Firia Labs will provide a software update that requires updating the core software on the micro: bit. That’s when the flash drive feature is used, so on those occasions you will need to use a computer which has USB drive access. (often a teacher’s computer, used to update all students micro: bits.)
- For the best experience in CodeSpace, we recommend the latest stable version of Chrome.
- If you're in a school, it's likely your Chromebooks may be "managed". Here's some helpful info on making sure the administrative settings allow Chrome to be updated:
- You can also check which "channel" you're getting updates on with the instructions here: