BBC Micro:bit - Not Just For Schools

The BBC Micro:bit aims to inspire young people to get creative and develop core skills for the future. When it was launched in the UK it was a historic moment for schools and the education system, but also for parents and, most importantly, KIDS!

BBC microbit at home

How is the Micro:bit being used in schools?

After the overhaul of the British curriculum to include Computing in 2014, the BBC micro:bit was introduced in schools as part of the new Computing curriculum for Key Stages 1, 2 and 3. This was to get kids interested in coding and develop valuable skills for the future, as well as to help teachers teach coding in an easy and fun way. 

In fact, this way of teaching was so fun that in May of 2017 the students of a school in Yorkshire chose to attach a micro:bit to a balloon and send it on a 20-mile journey to take photos of the outskirts of space!

Micro:bit not just for school!

When we took part in designing the BBC micro:bit, we were determined that it would be something cool for kids to create and have fun with, inside and outside of the classroom. 

We wanted kids to take it home, take it to their friend’s house, hack it on the bus or use it in the garden – to make and invent everywhere! 

That’s why we’ve recently launched the Future Inventors Club. A BBC Micro:bit monthly subscription dedicated to getting kids learning about and making future tech. It tackles projects about themes such as Artificial Intelligence – where kids get to build and code their own little interactive robot – Wearables, Gaming and many more. 

Every month, kids receive a new box that contains a different subject and at the end of the year, they will be invited to complete one project using everything they’ve received so far, really putting their BBC micro:bit to use and showing its full potential.

Have your kids used the micro:bit in school? Do you think it’s a good way to get kids coding and building skills for the future? We definitely do!

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