The micro:bit ecosystem
Several suppliers are offering project kits, accessories and sensors for science experiments. The Micro:bit Foundation and its partners is providing a comprehensive range of curriculum-linked teaching resources to support the use of micro:bit in the classroom including Schemes of Work, lesson activities, project ideas, tutorials, quick start guides and teacher training.
Where did it come from?
With the UK facing a significant skills shortage, and an extra 1.4m digital professionals needed over the next five years, in 2015 the BBC started 'Make it Digital' - a national campaign to inspire a new generation of coders and programmers.
As part of the initiative, the BBC partnered with 29 organisations including the IET to create a small programmable hardware device – the micro:bit. A million of these devices were created and given away to every Year 7/S1 child in the UK, their educators and the informal learning community.
IET Chief Executive Nigel Fine said: “The digital world is evolving all the time - and with it, the demand for more young people with coding and digital skills. It’s great to be supporting BBC Make it Digital to promote the world of digital creativity and inspire the next generation to get involved with what is fast becoming one of our most exciting and creative industries.”