The BBC partnered with companies like ARM, Samsung, and Microsoft to develop the a pocket-sized codable tiny computer that called a Microbit. It has a lot in common with the Raspberry Pi micro-computer, but is designed to be simpler to start using and includes some hardware and sensors on the board.
The Microbit comes with an accelerometer, multiple I/O rings, magnetometer, Bluetooth, USB, an array of 25 LEDs, and two programmable buttons. It’s powered by a 32-bit ARM Cortex M0 CPU and has a 20-pin edge connector that allows it to be docked with more powerful modules like an Arduino.
The BBC and partners will be working with teachers and schools to ensure that resources and support are available in advance of distribution this autumn. BBC Learning will also provide resources that support the curriculum including Live Lessons, getting started videos, projects and tutorials.