The BBC has jumped on board the objective to get kids coding and increase the number of ‘digital professionals’ in the UK. From this September every pupil starting secondary school will receive a ‘Micro Bit’.
A Micro Bit is ‘effectively just a chip with some LEDs on it. It has one micro-USB port and is powered by a watch battery.’ says the BBC. ‘By plugging it into a computer, children will be able to programme the LEDs to flash their name or a simple message.’
As we reported last August the importance of kids learning to code is on the rise with Microsoft, BT and Google promoting these skills. This latest move and the BBC’s Make it Digital programme, in partnership with the Department for Work and Pensions, hopes to bring coding to the masses.