BBC micro:bit for sale

Finally the BBC micro:bit has gone on sale.

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Although schools have been given micro:bits to give away to year 7 pupils, there are a number of reasons why schools are looking to purchase their own devices.

  • School wish to program the devices as part of the computing curriculum
  • There is no guarantee that pupils will bring them back into school
  • Primary and middle schools want pupils in other years to have experience of the micro:bit

What schools should consider

Are we going let children take their micro:bits home?

Can our digital leaders implement a school policy on our micro:bits? Our advice – This is a great way to utilise pupil voice.

How much do they cost?  Our advice – At the moment retailers are charging £13 each for just the board. Many had hoped that they would be £10 or less. Prices may come down as other manufacturers start producing them so it might be worth waiting before ordering them.

Are we going to purchase a class set and do we need to factor in the additional “extras” such as battery case and USB connector? Our advice – We think these are definitely needed.

Who do we order them from? Contact us if you know of other suppliers and we will add to the list below

Key information
The BBC micro:bit is a pocket-sized codeable computer with motion detection, a built-in compass, LED display, and Bluetooth technology built in. It measures 4cm by 5cm, is available in a range of colours, and designed to be fun and easy to use. It can be coded with something simple in seconds – like lighting up its LEDs or displaying a pattern – with no prior knowledge of computing. It also connects to other devices, sensors, kits and objects, and is a companion to Arduino, Galileo, Kano, littleBits and Raspberry Pi, acting as a spring board to more complex learning. Each element is completely programmable via easy-to-use software on a dedicated website (www.microbit.co.uk) that can be accessed from a PC, tablet or mobile.