The BBC Micro:Bit
The BBC micro:bit landed in schools in Summer 2016, and received a rapturous reception from teachers and students alike. Created during a ground-breaking collaboration between BBC, ARM, Lancaster University, Bluetooth and many others, it is a game-changer in terms of ease-of-use, versatility and capability.
Many of the 29 project partners have been hard at work creating fun and interesting activities with supporting resources. Making use of the on-board accelerometer, compass, 25-LED array, Bluetooth Smart and both analogue and digital inputs and outputs, the micro:bit projects can be battery powered leading to wearables, games, science experiments, robotics and much, much more.
The 11-12 year old cohort of 2016 were fortunate enough to be given a BBC micro:bit for free - something that a newly formed, not-for-profit foundation hopes to repeat in future years. In the meantime there are BBC micro:bits available commercially from many outlets and project partners will continue to support teachers and develop resources. As a tool for engaging students with the early learning of computer programming it is unique. As a device that they can grow and experiment with it provides a great progression route to more complex tech such as Raspberry Pi and Arduino.
The BBC micro:bit helps young people to create, not just consume – an idea that lies at the very heart of the new computing curriculum.
Have you had your hands on a BBC micro:bit? Have your students? Please comment below and share your favourite micro:bit moments