BIMA Awards

Education winner 2016

BBC micro:bit

by BBC micro:bit Partnership for BBC Learning

Project information

The micro:bit project is designed to support formal educational goals for children, along with their teachers and parents. It has been prompted by the changes to the computing curriculum, which have introduced a focus on coding.

BBC Learning wanted to get a whole generation of young people aged 11 to 12 years old coding again, as they did when the BBC Micro computer was released in the 1980’s.

This time, BBC Learning has provided a programmable piece of hardware – called a BBC micro:bit – to 1,000,000 students, along with online resources and software environments in the form of ‘coding editors’ to get young people coding.

“I liked it very much, micro:bit can really change lives and I would like to get a degree in engineering now.” Quote from a Year 7 pupil after taking part in a 1-day event, The Faraday Challenge, run by a BBC micro:bit partner.



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