The BBC's ambitious education aim; to inspire digital creativity and develop a new generation of tech pioneers, is now a step closer to realisation with the unveiling of the new BBC micro:bit.
The BBC micro:bit is a pocket-sized, codeable computer that will be distributed to up to 1 million 11 and 12 year olds across schools in the UK, for free.
The UK currently faces a critical skills shortage in the technology sector. The BBC’s micro:bit initiative aims to plug this gap, by inspiring young people to get creative with digital, developing core engineering, technology and science skills, unleashing a new generation of digital pioneers.
The BBC micro:bit is a pocket-sized computer, measuring 4cm by 5cm, that you can code, customise and control to bring your digital ideas to life. Coding on the BBC micro:bit is designed to be simple and fun, making it an ideal education tool.
Key features of the BBC micro:bit include:
- 25 programmable red LEDs
- Two programmable buttons, which are activated when pressed
- On-board motion detector or 'accelerometer' that can detect movement and motion
- A built-in compass or 'magnetometer' to sense which direction you’re facing
- Bluetooth Smart Technology
- Integration with other devices, sensors, kits and objects
- Five Input and Output (I/O) rings to connect the micro:bit to other devices or sensors using crocodile clips or 4mm banana plugs.
- Each element of the BBC micro:bit is completely programmable via easy-to-use software
You can find the technical specification of the BBC micro:bit here: BBC micro:bit technical specification
Release schedule for the BBC micro:bit
Schools can expect to see the BBC micro:bit arriving 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.
As well as being delivered to schools, the BBC micro:bit will be made commercially available in the UK and internationally through various outlets in late 2015.
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