The BBC and partners today unveiled the BBC micro:bit – a pocket-sized, codeable computer.
In the BBC’s most ambitious education initiative for 30 years, up to 1 million devices will be given to every 11 or 12 year old child in year 7 or equivalent across the UK, for free.
The BBC micro:bit is a pocket-sized computer that you can code, customise and control. It measures 4cm by 5cm, will be available in a range of colours, and is designed to be fun and easy to use.
The device also connects to other devices, sensors, kits and objects, and is a great companion to Arduino, Galileo, Kano, littleBits and Raspberry Pi, acting as a spring-board to more complex learning.
It will start arriving in schools in late October, giving children a chance to settle into new schools, and teachers the opportunity to build this into lesson plans for the rest of the academic year.
Users will be able to save and test their creations on a dedicated website, microbit.co.uk, available later in the summer.
Key features include:
Each element of the BBC micro:bit is completely programmable via easy-to-use software on a dedicated website (available later in the summer at microbit.co.uk) that can be accessed from a PC, tablet or mobile.
Your personal area on the website will allow you to save and test your creations in a simulator before they are transferred to your micro:bit, and the available tools scale to be as complex as your ideas, imagination and skills require.
BBC and partners will be working closely with teachers to ensure that all necessary resources and support are available in advance of the device’s distribution this autumn, supporting the curriculum.
BBC Learning will also provide resources including Live Lessons, getting started videos, projects and tutorials.
Product partners include:
Product champions, who will help to support the device through outreach, engagement, educational resources and additional services include, Bluetooth SIG, Bright Future, Cannybots, Cisco, Code Club, Coderdojo, Code Kingdoms, Creative Digital Solutions, CultureTECH, Institution of Engineering and Technology, Kitronik, London Connected Learning Centre, MyMiniFactory, Python Software Foundation, STEMNET, TeenTech and the Tinder Foundation.
More details on each partner’s role and contribution can be found here.