BBC gives students free minicomputer




The British public broadcaster BBC goes schoolchildren around eleven years old free minicomputer give they have to teach the basics of programming. The Micro Bit is a simple micro little computer that can communicate with sophisticated equipment such as the Arduino and Raspberry Pi.

The Micro Bit – a working title – is distributed to all children in Year 7 of the British school system, similar to group eight in the Netherlands. The device is still in development, and next to the name to change the look and feature set yet. About the feature set is anyway still little known, only that it is a simple mini computer with an LED.

What is clear is that the device is designed to get young people to the program and that it can cooperate with other small computers such as the Arduino and Raspberry Pi. The BBC is working with include ARM, Freescale and Samsung to bring the minicomputer market. The introduction of the minicomputer is accompanied by teaching materials. In the eighties, brought the BBC even if an educational computer on the market.

The introduction of the computer is part of a campaign that is designed to enable children and young people come into contact with technology. According to the BBC, the UK suffer from a deficit of 1.4 million ‘digital professionals. BBC programs are used to make attractive programming and the BBC working on a drama based on Grand Theft Auto and a documentary about Bletchley Park, where the encryption of the Nazis in World War II was cracked.

Also wants the BBC 5000 unemployed young people into work in ICT. For the project, the BBC along with many tech companies, including British Telecom, Microsoft, Samsung and Google.

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