BBC Ships micro:bit, a Pocket-Size Computer, to 1M British Students

MICROPROCESSOR, MACRO SCALE: On March 22, the BBC shipped the first of its tiny micro:bit coding devices to one million students in year seven (ages 11-13) across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, according to the outlet. The micro:bit computer contains a central processing unit, accelerometer, magnetometer, LED display, two buttons and connectivity to both USB and Bluetooth. Its hardware is open-source and designed for students with no technical experience to be able to use and customize it.

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The BBC has also launched code editors, resources and tutorials for teachers to integrate the micro:bit into their lessons. The aim of the ambitious project, the news organization said, is to inspire a generation of "digital pioneers." The device is part of the BBC's Make It Digital initiative and continues the work of the BBC Micro, another microprocessor released in the 1980s. Micro:bits will become available for anyone to purchase in the coming weeks.

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