After months of anticipation (and delays) the BBC MicroBits have started to land in UK schools, with many teachers shouting about it on Social Media.
Staff at Howells School in Cardiff posted, “Very excited that the first of our BBC microbits have arrived and will be coding them after half-term!”, with others equally excited about the prospect of using the devices, which encourage creative thinking and computing skills.
Supported by the Microbit website (click here) the device fully programmable computer being given free to every Year 7 (secondary school children aged 11+) or equivalent child across the UK. It’s 70 times smaller and 18 times faster than the original BBC Micro computers used in schools in the early 1980s.
The developers say that the device has an awful lot of features, like 25 red LED lights that can flash messages. There are two programmable buttons that can be used to control games or pause and skip songs on a playlist. The BBC micro:bit can detect motion and tell you which direction you’re heading in, and it can use a low energy Bluetooth connection to interact with other devices and the Internet – clever!