BBC Gives Free Coding Computer To UK Children

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BBC Gives Free Coding Computer To UK Children

The publicly funded British Broadcasting Corporation is to hand out the simple Micro Bit computers before the children start high school this coming autumn. Last year, coding was introduced to the British school curriculum as part of a drive to improve knowledge in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects, writes Rich Trenholm of CNET.

Micro Bit computer to encourage coding

The initiative will enable further progress in coding education. British schoolchildren now learn two or more programming languages, in addition to related subjects such as Internet safety. The Micro Bit is a “small, wearable… entry-level coding device”, which is designed in such a way that children “pick it up, plug it into a computer and start creating with it immediately”.

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The Micro Bit was developed by the BBC in conjunction with tech companies such as Samsung, Microsoft, ARM, Barclays and the team responsible for Raspberry Pi. It is hoped that the device will act as a gateway to more complicated devices like the Raspberry Pi, Ar