Micro:bit rolling out to schools

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Following initial teething troubles, deliveries of the BBC micro:bit board to schools has now started. The device will be given free to every Year 7 student in England and Wales, Year 8 student in Northern Ireland and S1 student in Scotland.

The pocket sized codeable computer is intended to let young people get creative with technology, with the aim of helping to develop a new generation of digital pioneers.

Tony Hall, BBC Director-General, said: “This is a very special moment for us, our partners and – most importantly – for young people across the country. The BBC micro:bit has the potential to be a seminal piece of British innovation, helping this generation to be the coders, programmers and digital pioneers of the future. Only the BBC could attempt a project this ambitious, on such a large scale, and I’m thrilled we've persuaded so many people to get behind this and make it happen.”

The initiative – which builds on the legacy of the 1980s BBC Micro – required a partnership between the BBC and 31 organisations, including ARM, element14, Nordic Semiconductor, NXP Semiconductors and Samsung.

ARM’s CEO Simon Segars said: “The BBC Micro started me on my journey towards a career in technology and the BBC micro:bit can have the same effect on children receiving their devices from today. I can easily imagine a new wave of design entrepreneurs looking back and citing today as the day their passion for technology began.”

Rick Clemmer, NXP’s CEO, added: “Everyone involved in the BBC micro:bits initiative is truly stimulating innovation, motivating the next generation of technologists, scientists and entrepreneurs in their pursuit of a better future.”