Ieder kind kan een uitvinder worden
Wij maken het mogelijk voor kinderen over de hele wereld om iets creatiefs te doen met technologie op school, in clubverband of thuis! De micro:bit is zo klein als je handpalm en is een programmeerbare computer die in het Verenigd Koninkrijk aan iedere 11-jarige leerling is gegeven. De micro:bit is 70 keer kleiner en 18 keer sneller dan de oorspronkelijke BBC Micro-computer die werd gebruikt in het onderwijs in 1980. De Micro:bit Foudation is gestart door de BBC als een non-profit organisatie met een fantastisch team van medewerkers.
The micro:bit Team
Director Educational Programs
Sponsorship and Events
Board of Directors
Director, the IET
Our Founding Partners have provided incredible resources and support to make what we do possible.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
These are the non-profit organisations we work with to coordinate micro:bit locally around the world, who help with language support, pilots along with localised teaching material.
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.
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.
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.
Our incredible partners have actively contributed considerable resources non-commercially - making micro:bit possible and supporting educators in making the most of it.
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.
Bird & Bird is the Micro:bit Foundation's soliciter, and has provided incredible amounts of Pro Bono legal resources and the support needed to help make the Foundation a reality.
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 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.
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.
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.
Kitronik has given away 5,500 e-textile sewing kits, with conductive thread, to Design and Technology teachers. This will highlight how the BBC micro:bit can be used to control other items, including additional LED lights.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 was responsible for the development of great projects for micro:bit and the iOS App to enable users to program the micro:bit from their phones. They are active in supporting deployments of micro:bit in new countries.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.