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Landmark BBC micro:bit to be handed out to one million UK pupils from today

Margi Murphy | July 8, 2015
Some thirty years after it launched the the first microcomputer, BBC unveiled a new pocket-sized codeable computer that will be given to one million school kids, this morning.

Each element of the BBC micro:bit is completely programmable via easy-to-use software on a dedicated website (available later in the summer at microbit.co.uk) that can be accessed from a PC, tablet or mobile. The website allows children to save and test creations in a simulator before they are transferred to the micro:bit.

Sinead Rocks, Head of BBC Learning, said: "We happily give children paint brushes when they're young, with no experience - it should be exactly the same with technology. The BBC micro:bit is all about young people learning to express themselves digitally, and it's their device to own. It's our most ambitious education initiative for 30 years. And as the micro:bit is able to connect to everything from mobile phones to plant pots and Raspberry Pis, this could be for the internet-of-things what the BBC Micro was to the British gaming industry."

 

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