We are enabling children around the world to get creative with technology and invent in school, in clubs and at home! The BBC micro:bit is a fun, handheld, easily programmable computer that was rolled-out across the UK in 2016 - and is now being used around the world. It’s 70 times smaller and 18 times faster than the original BBC Micro computers used in schools in the early 1980s. Started by the BBC and a great team of partners, the Micro:bit Education Foundation is a non-profit organisation.
The micro:bit Team
Our fantastic team is passionate about the BBC micro:bit and education. Not only are we changing the world, but having fun doing it!
Chief of Education and Strategy
Head of Education
Head of North America
Board of Directors
Director, the IET
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.