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BBC Micro:Bit – all the excitement

What a day we had yesterday!

In case you missed any of the craziness, we officially showcased our design for the BBC micro:bit. It has been incredible few months, and yesterday was just the cherry on top of the cake. The BBC have made a great Storify that follows the whole day as it progressed. We’ve also set up a site packed with information and fun hacks – you can also sign up to get more information; http://twsu.co/microbit.

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For us as a team, it was an incredibly momentous day and we’re incredibly proud of the work that we’ve achieved alongside some of the biggest names in tech.  From the start, we were without a doubt the smallest of the top tier partners – it was Arm, Microsoft, Farnell, Nordic, Freescale, Microsoft, Sciencescope, the BBC, and Tech Will Save Us sitting in a room working to deliver a truly immense project with huge ambition – starting with 1 Million 11 & 12 year olds. There was a little bit of magic in the air – and some uncertainty of how it was all going to unfold. Fast forward a few months of hard work, and we were able to ensure that someone on the team was strongly focused on representing the youngster.

We believe we’ve assisted in creating an amazing jumping off point, and other partners will be supporting the development and delivery of curriculum. We will be creating projects and learning opportunities that suit everyday life, and continuing to learn and make at home!

Here are some of our favourite moments from yesterday…

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Bethany on stage alongside some pretty exciting people from ARM, Microsoft & Samsung. It really hit us at this point how HUGE this project is.

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Howard Baker – the big brain behind the BBC project – absolutely rocking our micro:bit/ DIY Speaker Kit guitar hack. 

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Our Head of Product Aaron making his prime-time TV debut

This Vine that appeared of our Lead Kit Designer – Mike Vanis – we kept seeing him and his guitar a LOT in all the press.