BBC Micro:bit computer teaches Year 7 children in UK how to code

The Micro:bit computer is a small device created by the BBC to promote higher levels of digital literacy in the UK. Under the umbrella of the Make it Digital program, Micro:bit equipment will be distributed to schools for free and the technical specifications will be open source. Eventually, the initiative is intended to turn into a non-profit organization that may oversee the legacy and development of the project.

Among the main features of the Micro:bit computer, the device has 25 LED lights attached to flash messages and two programmable buttons. Additionally, the small computer is able to detect motion and utilize a low energy Bluetooth connection to access internet and interact with other devices. These features can be controlled by coding the instructions either on the official webpage or the mobile application.

Additional private stakeholders have grasped the potential of Micro:bit and started developing programs that may support the experience. For example, Samsung just launched and Android app that allows children to connect their Micro:bit devices with smartphones and tablets to code on the run. It offers as well a series of free resources and projects to encourage teachers and parents to code with the children.

Additional Sources: Micro:bitMobile World Live