No BBC Micro Bit until after Christmas 

The BBC’s Micro Bit computer, due to be given to one million schoolchildren in October, has been delayed, the corporation has acknowledged.An issue with its power supply meant it would now be sent out “after Christmas”, said a spokesman.

The tiny computer has been designed to boost interest in coding.

The problem had “affected a small number of devices”, the spokesman said, but the priority was making sure it was as robust and reliable as possible.

“We’re expecting to start sending them out to teachers before Christmas and to children early in the new year,” said a BBC spokesman

“As a result of our rigorous testing process, we’ve decided to make some minor revisions to the device – getting it right for children and teachers before we manufacture one million units is our priority.”

New generation

The Micro Bit was unveiled in March and since then has added features including a built-in motion sensor.

Up to one million Year 7 pupils (aged 11 and 12) will be given the Micro Bit.

Original report via BBC 


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