So What is The BBC Micro:bit?


It’s time to get to grips with this pocket-sized piece of free kit. But we know you’ll have some questions. Here’s our equally pocket-sized guide to the Micro:bit single board computer

BBC Microbit | Microbit Gadgets

Small But Perfectly Formed

What is it?

Drum roll please. Ladies and gentlemen, this is the micro pint-sized codeable computer with motion detection, a built-in compass and Bluetooth technology that you’ve all been waiting for.

I bet it’s pricey.

Not for year 7 kids across the UK, they are to be given one free.

A Round of Applause for the BBC Micro:bit

A Round of Applause for the BBC Micro:bit

What all of them?

Yes, ALL of them. It’s part of a move to raise a new generation of coders.

What was wrong with the old way of doing computers?

BBC Micro | Microbit History

In the 1980s, Everything Was Chunky

Everything. ICT lessons attracted the attention of the tech industry wanting to know why there’s a lack of tech graduates in the UK to supply the rapidly growing tech sector. Their assessment of ICT lessons wasn’t great I’m afraid: they deemed the old-style curriculum irrelevant.


Indeed. But don’t worry now it’s all been changed. Now it’s all about CODING, formally integrated into the National Curriculum in September 2014. The micro:bit has a huge part to play.

What this tiny thing?

Well that’s sort of the point. Despite its small stature it can be programmed, using existing languages and basically do all sorts of great stuff.

Such as?

It can display messages and animations or connect it to other devices like your phone, sensors or everyday objects, it can even play music on fruit

Final question. Is it edible?

No the micro:bit is not edible. There are many things the BBC Micro:bit can do but sadly sustaining human life by being nutritious and delicious is not one of them.