Impact and research findings

Micro:bit in class

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The Foundation is a not for profit whose mission is to have real world impact beyond the typical demographics that work in STEM. We commission research to check if we are meeting this mission.

Micro:bit book project

Physical Computing

Understanding technology is an essential part of 21st Century Skills. Studies have shown that learning computing with physical tools such as the BBC micro:bit is fun, creative and impactful.

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BBC micro:bit

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Research Findings

Our first impact study was commissioned by the BBC after giving away up to one million BBC micro:bits for free to:

  • Every year 7 student in England and Wales
  • Every year 8 student in Northern Ireland
  • Every S1 student in Scotland.

The impact study found that... [BBC]:

  • 90% der Schüler sagten, dass der BBc Micro:bit ihnen gezeigt hatte, dass jeder programmieren kann.
  • 86% der Schüler gaben an, dass der micro:bit die Informatik interessanter gemacht habe.
  • 70% mehr Mädchen gaben an, dass sie Computertechnik als Schulfach wählen würden, nachdem sie den micro:bit benutzt haben.
  • 85% der Lehrkräfte sind sich einig, dass es Computer Technik/Informatik für ihre Schüler angenehmer gemacht hat.
  • Die Hälfte der Lehrer, die den micro:bit benutzt haben, gibt an, dass sie sich jetzt sicherer fühlen als Lehrer, besonders diejenigen, die sagen, dass sie nicht sehr zuversichtlich waren, Computer zu unterrichten.

You can read more in the BBC press release as well as the Kings College London paper "Creating cool stuff". The paper by Sue Sentence focuses on the experience of 15 teachers and 54 pupils in English schools.

The Foundation has built on this initial research and is now working in 50 countries gathering more evidence through partnership. The latest study is a British Council commissioned research by IPSOS Strategic Marketing. The report shows the positive impact of the BBC micro:bit amongst students and teachers in the Western Balkans.

  • 86% of teachers believe that micro:bit is useful in teaching a curriculum
  • 90% teachers believe that the micro:bit will inspire students about computing and coding outside the classroom.
  • 93% of teachers thought the micro:bit would be inspiring for students in the classroom
  • 100% of teachers thought it was a useful teaching tool

As new research from different sources becomes available it will be published on this page.


Future Studies - Get Involved

We are continually working on new research and open to collaborating. Contact us via our normal channels if you would like to hear about more impact studies or would like to contribute.


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