Greetings from the Micro:bit Educational Foundation
I want to say thank you to all our visitors at this year’s BETT. It was such a pleasure to see you there and receive all that tremendous enthusiasm for the BBC micro:bit and the new Foundation. An incredible number of teachers, students, government representatives and partners came to see us at the show. We learned a lot, from the need for more primary school resources to new ideas how to support grass-roots activities around the world! We thought it was a good time to update you on all that has been happening since then.
It was our 1-year Birthday in April. A year since the beginning of the delivery of 1 million BBC micro:bits to the UK, giving every 11-12 year-old schoolchild the opportunity to invent their future. We now have micro:bit national deployments in Iceland and Croatia, with Singapore following shortly and more to be announced later in the year.
There are now 51 resellers supplying micro:bits across Europe, Asia, North America and Australia with another 100 registering to carry micro:bits when they are available in their countries. Our micro:bit ecosystem includes 60 organisations from all corners of the globe, and we now have http://microbit.org available in over 12 languages. Making sure there is a vibrant local ecosystem, teacher support and local language resources everywhere micro:bit goes is important for us.
The Foundation sponsorship scheme is working strongly. We have already sponsored over 20,000 micro:bits to 433 different organisations, schools and people around the globe and we recently launched our Give Shop at https://give.microbit.org/ where anyone can help support our sponsorship program while purchasing micro:bits. For every micro:bit sold in the Give Shop, we ship another one to an educator who needs help to get started.
Our cooperation with the BBC is very productive. We have been working with a major BBC brand, Doctor Who, this May with a Live Lesson, 3 major challenges and a fun online learning game.
Moving forward in the UK, the Foundation is working with the UK library service to put micro:bits in libraries and working with Computing At School (CAS), UK Youth, RAF and other great organisations to reach more disadvantaged students across the country.
Zach Shelby, CEO