The following message has been sent out by the Welsh Government’s Hwb Team:
The micro:bit is a handheld, fully programmable computer being given free to every Year 7 pupil across the UK. It is 70 times smaller and 18 times faster than the original BBC Micro computers used in schools in the early 1980s.
The device features:
- 25 red LED lights that can flash messages;
- Two programmable buttons that can be used to control games or pause and skip songs on a playlist;
- Motion and direction-detection; and
- Low energy Bluetooth connection to interact with other devices and the internet.
The BBC micro:bit is for Year 7 pupils to own and use in the classroom and at home. Teachers wishing to receive BBC micro:bits for their Year 7 group, must complete the registration form below:
A number of schools in Swansea have not yet registered to receive micro:bit devices. We are contacting these schools directly but would appreciate any support in promoting the upcoming release emphasising the need for schools to register to receive the devices. The BBC aim to formally launch towards the end of March with devices being delivered to schools over the coming weeks.