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The BBC micro:bit – from the UK to the World

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  • Jonny Austin
  • Howard Baker
  • Thomas Ball
  • James Devine
  • Joe Finney
  • Peli de Halleux
  • Steve Hodges
  • Michał Moskal
  • Gareth Stockdale
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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>1/03/2020
<mark>Journal</mark>Communications of the ACM
Issue number3
Volume63
Number of pages8
Pages (from-to)62-69
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

The micro:bit is a small programmable and embeddable computer designed, developed, and deployed by the BBC and 29 project partners to approximately 800,000 UK Year 7 (11/12 year old) school children in 2015-2016. The micro:bit has been described by the BBC as "its most ambitious education initiative in
30 years, with an ambition to inspire digital creativity and develop a new generation of tech pioneers". This article describes the design of the BBC micro:bit, the realization of its goals through examples of the diverse projects crested with the micro:bit, reviews the project's history as it transitioned from a UK-centric to a worldwide project, and concludes with lessons learned and project outcomes.

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© ACM, 2019. This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here by permission of ACM for your personal use. Not for redistribution. The definitive version was published in Communications of the ACM, March 2020, Vol. 63 No. 3 https://cacm.acm.org/magazines/2020/3/243028-the-bbc-microbit-from-the-u-k-to-the-world/abstract