Impact and research findings

Micro:bit in class


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

We have a wide range of software editors, hardware accessories and instructional materials for a wide range of subjects including Design Technology, Physics and Art and Music classes.

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]:

  • 百分之九十的學生說micro:bit顯示著任何人都可以寫程式。
  • 百分之八十六的學生說micro:bits讓電腦科學變得更有趣了
  • 百分之七十的女孩子說在使用過micro:bits之後,他們會選擇資訊科學作為主修
  • 85% 的老師認同 micro:bit 能讓學生對電腦科學有更多的興趣。
  • 有一半的老師曾經使用過 micro:bit 並表示他們從中得到自信,尤其是那些認為自己無法勝任教電腦課程的老師們。

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.


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