The BBC micro:bit - from the UK to the World

This article describes the design of the BBC micro:bit, the realization of its goals through examples of the diverse projects crested with the micro:bit, reviews the project's history as it transitioned from a UK-centric to a worldwide project, and concludes with lessons learned and project outcomes.

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Project abstract: The micro:bit is a small programmable and embeddable computer designed, developed, and deployed by the BBC and 29 project partners to approximately 800,000 UK Year 7 (11/12 year old) school children in 2015-2016. The micro:bit has been described by the BBC as “its most ambitious education initiative in 30 years, with an ambition to inspire digital creativity and develop a new generation of tech pioneers”. This article describes the design of the BBC micro:bit, the realization of its goals through examples of the diverse projects crested with the micro:bit, reviews the project’s history as it transitioned from a UK-centric to a worldwide project, and concludes with lessons learned and project outcomes.

Level of research: Conference paper

Status: Complete

Who is involved: Lancaster University, Micro:bit Educational Foundation, BBC

What is the area of research: Computer Science

Output: https://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/135065/1/cacmMicrobitRevisted2019_1_31.pdf

Contact: j.finney@lancaster.ac.uk, j.devine@lancaster.ac.uk