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BBC Micro:bit now available to all

03 June 2016

Are you better at coding than school children? Now is your chance to find out with the popular maker board going on general sale for just £12.99.

The micro:bit has already been delivered to thousands of school children across the UK, designed to teach them coding. 

Now, the computer is officially a commercial product with the opportunity to buy the board from the various partners within the project. This follows the signing of a licensing deal with the devices manufacturer, element 14. The company will only sell them in batches of 90 but individual boards can be purchased from the likes of Microsoft, the Technology Will Save Us organisation and Sciencescope. A single board will cost approximately £12.99 while a starter kit with battery pack, USB cable and introductory activities will sell for £15.

Perfect for engineers, hobbyists and makers the micro:bit is able to connect to other boards such as the Raspberry Pi and Arduino. The BBC also has a dedicated website with resources to help get you going. There are also apps for Apple and Android that can help create code on your mobile and then transfer it to the micro:bit. 

ARM CEO Simon Segars, a founding partner of the initiative, said “ARM became one of the first BBC micro:bit partners as we instantly recognised its potential to excite children about coding. The micro:bit has the potential to transform public interest in computing in the same way the original ARM-based BBC micro:bit did. We want it to reach the broadest possible audience and making it commercially available will enable its influence to spread.”

Shipping is expected to start in July.

Click here to pre-order yours!


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