The micro:bit Ecosystem
The ARM Innovation Ecosystem Accelerator was initially founded by ARM, which is the first acceleration platform centered on technical services and featured in ARM's abundant ecosystem resources. It aims to help accelerate the startups in worldwide IoT market and help entrepreneurs succeed in China. And the accelerator is operating in Beijing, Chongqing, Shanghai and Shenzhen now. The first micro:bit pilots in China are currently being planned with a focus on youth education and opportunities for young entrepreneurs.
DevLab is a Dutch based not-for-profit organisation that works with tech leaders in The Netherlands. They started working with micro:bit in the summer while setting up a new activity under the name of DevLab Academy addressing learning activities based on their expertise and knowledge, which is electronics, embedded systems and IoT. Currently they are conducting a pilot with primary and secondary schools to introduce the micro:bit into their curriculum. So far the initiative is a great success, and on the current trajectory, 2017 should see tens of thousands of micro:bits being rolled out to schools across The Netherlands.
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The Institute for Youth Development and Innovativity (Croatian acronym IRIM) is privately funded and its mission is contained in its name. IRIM donates and develops robotics and automation education in elementary school – age children, but also among older youth who are closer to the world of work and entrepreneurship.
Lær Kidsa Koding! is a voluntary movement that works to ensure that children and young people must learn to understand and control their own role in the digital society. We will help the young people to not only be accessible, but also creators with technical tools. In addition to increasing the public understanding of information technology, we want to contribute to recruitment to IT professions and sciences. An important part of our business is to work to ensure that all young people of school age have the opportunity to learn programming and become familiar with computer science as a subject.
Training & Events
ADFABER promotes society’s development and social change through technology. We contribute to the education of future generations, by being involved in every project that can be a positive answer to the needs of our society. Kids in Tech is an ADFABER program aiming to create technology and education clubs, where children are encouraged to learn and use technology in a responsible and creative way.
Almond Careers focuses on delivering training with practical work experience across Nigeria. Training activities spans from the working class, recent graduates to junior second schools helping deliver hands on practical training and not just the theory. The micro:bit project fits perfectly into one of Almond Careers strategic goals - to get technology into schools. Almond Careers has started the work of integrating the micro:bit into the education system in Nigeria.
CLASSROOM champions Teachers Ambassadors Training programme in micro:bit digital making, who will in turn building Students Digital Ambassadors who can teach in their respective schools. We build a community of digital makers of schools, and publishing learning materials, online and offline for Primary School and Secondary school students. We conduct after school classes, building micro:bit compatible kits and providing resources to schools and educational institutions.
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XMaker provides micro:bit courses for K12 students.We train teachers for school and sell micro:bit development kits.
Code Club, part of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, is an international network of volunteer-lead after-school coding clubs for children aged 9 to 11. Code Club have created a set of learning resources to help children harness the power of the BBC micro:bit and are deploying it across the UK and abroad.
CoderDojo has hosted a number of standalone BBC micro:bit events across the UK and integrates the use of micro:bit into CoderDojo sessions, encouraging the community to build challenges for the micro:bit that include interfacing with other devices.
Croatian Makers is creating the central micro:bit resource for teachers, parents, administrators, students and other training organizations across Croatia, and helping to introduce similar schemes to neighbouring countries.
DELTA is a Private High School of Computer Science and Economics. It organizes educational events directly at primary schools such as hackathons, Academy of programming and national programming competitions. The school also prepares its own electrical engineering kit with BBC micro:bit including its own collection of tasks for teaching STEM subjects at elementary schools. DELTA has accredited training programs for teachers focused on programming and recently on BBC micro:bit
Country: Czech Republic
Specialists in Embedded System Technology, Internet of Things and custom Digital FPGA / ASIC / SoC Solutions. Elvira seeks to inspire school children in STEM subjects by introducing micro:bit into the Malaysian education program
Fair Chance Learning is creating the central micro:bit resource for teachers, parents, administrators, students and other training organizations across Canada.
Grok Learning provides an interactive, online environment for learning computer science, programming and related technologies. Grok provides high-quality, classroom-ready courses and competitions full of engaging, challenging problems for school students and their teachers, and self-directed professional learners. Grok’s platform combines an in-browser coding environment with immediate feedback from our automated marking system. Grok provides a BBC micro:bit course covering a wide range of micro:bit functionality, including a free fully-functional simulator.
Delivering both micro:bits and accessories plus micro:bit workshops for teachers and educators.
Mehackit brings creative technology courses to schools in Finland and the Nordic countries. They will be running a series of micro:bit Hackdays in the fall of 2016 aimed at 11-15 year olds along with webinars and videos for everyone who couldn't make it.
The National Computer Science School (NCSS) is a ten-day summer school for Year 11 and 12 students from around Australia and New Zealand. NCSS brings together talented students and their teachers for an intensive course of computer science, programming and web development in the School of IT at the University of Sydney. NCSS has been teaching embedded programming for many years with Arduino, and began using the BBC micro:bit in 2017.
National STEM Centre will host micro:bit roadshows with The IET - CPD for science and D&T teachers across the UK. It will feature resources and lesson ideas as well as introductory hands-on training. Our science resources are linked to human space flight to celebrate Tim Peake’s mission to the ISS.
Nullspace provides tech education to schools through a blended learning approach. We provide a wide range of robotics and electronics courses to kids 8-16.
Tablet Academy are using their expertise as teacher trainers to educate teachers across the UK in how to get the best from the BBC micro:bit across the curriculum. They are also working with Royal Air Force STEM Ambassadors to create coding clubs, and with support from Industry are running a series of free Learning Festivals for students. In partnership with Microsoft and UK Youth, Tablet Academy have trained a number of Master Youth Leaders to bring coding skills to over 14,000 young people across the UK.
TeenTech have been providing inspiring videos, online HangOuts and events which help young people see how programming the BBC micro:bit is just the first step on a very exciting road.
Zeitant conduct computational thinking and coding training for more than 40 schools in Singapore. Of these the majority are using BBC micro:bits to create prototypes
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group has designed the Bluetooth profile for the BBC micro:bit, in addition to providing general advice and guidance relating to Bluetooth low energy.
Code Kingdoms has build a code editor, which enables children to write programs and then load them onto the BBC micro:bit. Code Kingdoms has also created learning resources to support the use of the editor.
NXP have worked on the hardware of the BBC micro:bit and are responsible for supplying the accelerometer, the magnetometer, and the Micro-USB controller, which allows the users to connect the micro:bit to their computers.
Responsible for supplying a single wireless chip on the BBC micro:bit that enables Bluetooth® wireless communication with smartphones, tablets, computers, and other micro:bits, and also embeds the BBC micro:bit’s main processor.
The Python Software Foundation are working with MicroPython to create a version of the Python programming language for the BBC micro:bit. They are also providing a code editor to teach Python to children, generating educational resources and engaging with the wider international Python community.
ScienceScope are an international specialist in developing and implementing educational projects worldwide through the use of technology and has played a major role in bringing the BBC micro:bit to Singapore through the development of a great project. They are also active in supporting deployments of the BBC micro:bit in other countries around the world and they oversaw the development of the BBC micro:bit iOS App to enable users to program the micro:bit from their apple phones
Technology Will Save Us has been the user-centric design lead responsible for the physical design, first experiences (including packaging and out of box), and a key contributor to the electronic engineering of the device.
Angels Children’s Organization (ACO) is a non-governmental, non- profit body registered in Nigeria to provide a mechanism for the total development and protection of children – spirit, mind and body.
Barclays have supported the distribution and manufacture of the BBC micro:bit. They have also included the BBC micro:bit into their education programmes such as Code Playground, where children, parents and teachers can learn coding online or in branch.
Binary Bots provide 'smart toy' robot kits which include a BBC micro:bit, a robot you can build and personalise, and lots of sensors to expand what is possible. They provide a collection of activities in different languages free & available on their website for children, makers and educators. They attend events with a 4m tall version of their robot 'Dimm' so that people can get hands on when learning to code!
CAVEDU is part of the ecosystem of BBC Micro:bit, providing curriculum, workshop material and related contents. Exploring the future for our next generation!
DF Maker Community is the most active STEM and maker learning community in China. By bringing together our network of close to 20,000 engineers, makers and students, we hope to discover and share innovative micro:bit projects and learning tutorials. It combines DFRobot's expertise in open source hardware, robotics, and 3D printing to provide easy-to-use introductory tutorials, as well as creative and inspiring open source projects that will allow users to complete a high quality learning experience online.
ETC Educational Technology Connection (HK) Ltd has partnered with the Association of IT Leaders in Education (AiTLE) to incorporate the BBC micro:bit and accessories into the AiTLE-ETC TestBed programme since summer 2016. Teachers/students are to share their cases both locally in Hong Kong, as well as at oversea educational conference and events. We have also included a small sample of student members by giving out free unit to them, to track their personal usage and learning with the BBC micro:bit
Country: Hong Kong
H&T is a social company that operates in Israel. We are using our platform and expertise as teacher and students trainers to support and introduce educational technology into the education system in Israel. We are preparing for a pilot in 4 cities in Israel launched at September 2017. Our mission is to co-ordinate and support further introduction of micro:bit at national scale into the education system in Israel.
Hackster.io is a community dedicated to learning hardware, from beginner to pro. Get inspiration and learn how to use the BBC micro:bit together with other makers.
INNOKAS network is a network of innovation schools organized as a part of Helsinki University. The network is coordinated by Faculty of Educational Sciences (UH) and through 10 Finnish cities. The INNOKAS network expands innovations by developing, testing and sharing best practices, by arranging targeted support resources, by performing research, and by arranging professional development programs for teachers.
It og Leg has published the first 30 pages ebook tutorial in Danish which is being downloaded for free by educators as well as privat users of micro:bit. We are also partnering up with coding clubs, nerd camps and public events to spread the micro:bit word in Denmark.
Based in Budapest, Hungary, KDOM is a non-profit foundation providing ICT education using micro:bit technology to schools in the Budapest region. Our in-house curriculum is designed around the micro:bit ecosystem for 8-14 year olds and currently, half of our students are disabled users who gain vital IT knowledge at an early age. The aim is to expand this from the initial pilot scheme in Budapest to nationwide usage of micro:bit across the major cities in the country.
Lamar University has integrated micro:bit into a broad range of teaching training and research activities, and is producing common core and state curriculum for the micro:bit in US education.
MathWorks is the leading developer of mathematical computing software. MATLAB has built-in support for prototyping, testing, and running models on low-cost target hardware. As a part of its strong commitment to STEM education and computational thinking, MathWorks developed a support package for BBC micro:bit which enables users to write programs and build models that run on the micro:bit. In addition, MathWorks has funded the creation of learning resources for building systems with micro:bit and helps organise and deliver workshops for students in a number of schools across the UK.
ORT2CODE clubs were established to prepare youth for employment in the 21st century workforce. The ORT SA Coding Clubs equip pupils with aptitude, skills and a passion for ICT professions. ORT SA runs extracurricular coding clubs as well as with selected unemployed youth. ORT SA is excited to use micro:bit kits with our School Coding Clubs as well as with ORT SA IT Bridging Course for unemployed youth.ORT South Africa is an accredited, award winning non-profit organization, affiliated to World ORT.
Country: South Africa
Project Lead The Way provides transformative learning experiences for K-12 students and teachers across the U.S. PLTW creates an engaging, hands-on classroom environment and empowers students to develop in-demand knowledge and skills they need to thrive. PLTW also provides teachers with the training, resources, and support they need to engage students in real-world learning
Rise ICT enables students to learn programming and take part in maker culture throughout the Swedish educational system. We go about our work through collaboration with public and private actors in Sweden and abroad. We co-lead the national test environment www.makerskola.se . We produce high quality educational mateiral such as www.makermovies.se
micro:bit Sri Lanka User Group consists of young volunteers who are from professional organizations and universities. Our mission is to increase computer programming capabilities and empower every child in Sri Lanka
Country: Sri Lanka
TEA is a not-for-profit organization working on supporting the Global and local Maker Movement and bringing innovations in education to Lithuanian schools and universities as well informal learning for adults. Currently, TEA is collaborating with different cities and public&private partners for establishing and supporting a network of mini-fab labs in local schools and micro:bit roll outs for children.TEA focuses on creation and adaptation of new learning content for formal education/curriculum which includes STE(A)M, hands-on&project based learning, design thinking together with programming, digital fabrication, robotics and development of 21st-century skills.
Tangent are a creative branding and digital agency responsible for giving the BBC micro:bit personality by creating the brand identity, designing and building the website and developing the online user journey.
The Experience Workshop International Math-Art Movement is an open network of educators, researchers and artists, and a creative agency in the field of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics education). We bring micro:bits to schools and to families all over in Finland and we provide training for interested teachers, parents and students
Tinkercademy is a technology and education company in Singapore, comprising coders who teach, and teachers who code. We’re one of the first to bring micro:bit workshops to Singaporean teachers and students, together with coding and making classes for young and old. We also developed a custom Breakout Board, in collaboration with ScienceScope from the UK, to enable students to create micro:bit prototypes in a simple, fuss-free manner, with a host of easy-to-use, pluggable components.
Through direct initiatives to schools, and working with the National Science Learning Centre, Wellcome Trust will provide exciting real life contexts for teachers and learners around the UK to use the BBC micro:bit.
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Nadační fond micro:la is a non-governmental, NFP foundation organisationbased in Lanskroun, Czech Republic. Our mission is to support technological education in the Czech Republic by introduction of the micro:bit to students of primary and secondary schools. The initial activities include a pilot project in Lanskroun with a target to provide the micro:bits free of charge to one class of grammar schools in the region based on local companies funding. The next role is to co-ordinate support and further introduction of micro:bit at national level. Two major Czech Universities - Technical University in Brno and West Bohemian University in Pilsen have already declared official co-operation with micro:la on development of micro:bid peripherals and application support.
Country: Czech Republic
ÉlményMűhely is the Hungarian branch of the Experience Workshop International Math-Art Movement: an open network of educators, researchers and artists, and a creative agency in the field of STEAM (multi- or transdisciplinary education of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics). We bring micro:bits to schools and to families all over in Hungary and we provide training for interested teachers, parents and students.
Third Party Apps
Bitty Software provide smartphone applications for use with the BBC micro:bit. We also help you learn to code, and provide hands-on tutorials and guidance. We believe that in today's highly connected world, it's essential to learn about both coding *and* about wireless communications and so our work and applications are centred around the use of Bluetooth, a highly ubiquitous wireless communications technolology which is supported by the micro:bit and most smartphones and tablets.
Insight Resources publish software and curriculum materials for science and technology education. They sponsored the development of the official iOS App for using the micro:bit with iPads and iPhones. Mr Bit is their latest product for programming the micro:bit from iPads and PC computers (Windows). Well-suited to younger pupils, it is fully equipped with tutorials, exercises and example projects showing them how to create animations, send messages, play games, compose music and control simple models with the micro:bit
Less is More: Mu has only the most essential features, so users are not intimidated by a baffling interface. Keep it Simple: It's quick and easy to learn Mu - complexity impedes a novice programmer's first steps. Path of Least Resistance: Whatever the task, there is always only one obvious way to do it with Mu. Have Fun: Learning should inspire fun - Mu helps learners quickly create and test working code."
The micro:bit was created using the ARM mbed hardware and software development kits (HDK and SDK) and compiler services. The project builds on the organisations’ collaboration on the original 1981 BBC Microcomputer.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a cloud services provider used by more than a million customers in 190 counties. AWS is supporting the Foundation’s core mission to help millions of children to understand how to code and use technology. With the support of AWS, the Foundation intends to put even more new and innovative technologies in the hands of young children.
The micro:bit was originally envisioned and created by the BBC together with the collaboration of over 30 partners, inspired by the BBC micro. BBC Learning will continue to produce content and projects that support the Foundation's U.K. Education strategy.
The British Council will use its global network in more than 100 countries to work with the Foundation to create opportunities for young people to access vital 21st century skills and the best of the UK’s creative, technical and entrepreneurial expertise.
The Institution of Engineering and Technology education team has produced a range of teaching resources, including text-based and video-based materials, both curriculum and cross-curriculum focused; hands-on practical events; and teacher CPD sessions.
Lancaster University are responsible for creating and writing the BBC micro:bit runtime, supporting the Foundation with engineering resources. This is the essential core code that makes the BBC micro:bit do all the amazing things it does, like a miniature ‘operating system’. Lancaster University is also responsible for leading education research on the micro:bit using data analytics.
To bring the micro:bit to life, Microsoft have provided a great development experience with Block Editor and TouchDevelop. They have also brought in a number of learning resource providers, and are producing a getting started guide for teachers and students.
Nominet has contributed significant resources to help start the Foundation, and will be leading R&D activities around Internet of Things features for micro:bit.
Samsung developed the official micro:bit app for Android that connects the micro:bit to smartphones and tablets, enabling children to code the micro:bit on-the-go. The unique set of features on the app allows young people to learn how to code to control their devices via the micro:bit, creating endless applications for young people to develop useful and fun technology solutions. For example, they can learn how to build their very own micro:bit selfie remote controller! Samsung has developed a range of free downloadable resources and projects for schools and families.