BBC micro:bit

Groundbreaking initiative to inspire digital creativity and develop a new generation of tech pioneers

Legacy

Date: 06.07.2015     Last updated: 07.07.2015 at 10.13
The BBC micro:bit initiative aims to make a huge impact in 2015 with the BBC and its partners committed providing up to 1 million micro:bits in 2015, given freely to every child in year 7 or equivalent across the UK. And it won’t stop there.

The BBC micro:bit initiative aims to make a huge impact in 2015 with the BBC and its partners committed providing up to 1 million micro:bits in 2015, given freely to every child in year 7 or equivalent across the UK. And it won’t stop there.

The partnership plans to collectively develop a not-for-profit company to oversee and drive the BBC micro:bit legacy. We know that siblings and children in other year groups may also want to own their own micro:bit, and we’re giving them, and others, the chance to join in the coding revolution.

Additional BBC micro:bits to be commercially available in the UK and internationally through various outlets in late 2015. These devices will be available for pre-order and will be distributed toward end of this year. The revenue generated from the licensing of the trademark will enable the creation, and ongoing support, of a longer term charitable legacy for the micro:bit partnership.

Exact pricing and availability will be confirmed soon.

One of the core aims of the BBC micro:bit initiative was to help stimulate the market for low entry coding devices, and the partnership is delighted to announce that the device’s technical specification will be open sourced. This allows others to use it to create, manufacture and vary the capability of their own devices without restriction. This will also help stimulate the micro:bit ecosystem, giving partners and other companies the chance to create accessories and new tools for the micro:bit.