In March 2015, the BBC launched Make it Digital – a major UK-wide initiative to inspire a new generation to get creative with coding, programming and digital technology.
Back in the 1980s, the BBC Micro was used extensively in primary and secondary schools and was instrumental in inspiring a generation of technology pioneers. Nowadays, computing and digital technology can be found everywhere, but the emphasis seems to have shifted from the creation of technology to the consumption of it.
As part of the Make it Digital initiative, the BBC has collaborated with over 25 organisations to create the BBC micro:bit, a personal programmable device, which will be provided, free of charge, to every child in Year 7 across the UK.
It provides an exciting and accessible introduction to coding on a simple hardware platform. Its purpose is to enthuse, excite and empower a new generation of digitally-creative young people. This is why the BBC micro:bits are specifically designed for young people themselves to own.
Register your school now to receive micro:bits for your new 2015 Year 7 pupils:
English registration: http://bbcmicrobitschoolregistrationform.co.uk/english.html
Welsh registration: http://bbcmicrobitschoolregistrationform.co.uk/welsh.html