BBC's handheld, programmable computer given free to UK kids

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The BBC Microbit was launched today, to inspire UK kids to learn about coding and the Internet of Things. It will be given for free to every year 7 or equivalent child across the UK: "This will be your hub for all things micro:bit, from writing code to sharing your creations. The website you’re using is currently in its Beta stage – this means that it will grow even bigger and better in the next few weeks, with more code editors, apps and exciting content. We’re working hard to make your experience as smooth and fun as possible, so if you have any feedback for us it’d be brilliant to hear it. You can contact us at microbitsupport@bbc.co.uk You can use your BBC micro:bit for all sorts of cool creations, from robots to musical instruments – the possibilities are endless. The micro:bit is a handheld, fully programmable computer being given free to every Year 7 or equivalent child across the UK. It’s 70 times smaller and 18 times faster than the original BBC Micro computers used in schools in the early 1980s. This little device has an awful lot of features, like 25 red LED lights that can flash messages. There are two programmable buttons that can be used to control games or pause and skip songs on a playlist. Your BBC micro:bit can detect motion and tell you which direction you’re heading in, and it can use a low energy Bluetooth connection to interact with other devices and the Internet – clever! Have a look at our hardware page – the more you know about all the bits and pieces that your BBC micro:bit is made of, the more you can hack it and create with it. Now onto the website, where you will write the scripts that can make all your BBC micro:bit dreams come true. Anyone can have a go, write code, and see how it would play back on the BBC micro:bit online simulator. You can get to the editors on a PC, tablet or mobile, at school or on the go. Do you use a mobile phone or tablet? There is a micro:bit mobile app that lets you send your code to your micro:bit over Bluetooth (without using a USB cable) and more. The mobile page will tell you all about it. So what are you waiting for? Watch some short videos to get started with your BBC micro:bit, find out about the different code editors and explore our tutorials and projects. Be a tech pro of the future with the BBC micro:bit. The digital world is your oyster."
The current Conservative government is trying to kill the BBC at every turn but here is an example of its unifying , inspiring , innovation that is at its core. From the BBC micro , to iplayer and now micro:bit . Long live its innovation , long live the BBC
The BBC Micro computer inspired a generation of software engineers, hope the Microbit does the same. Such a great initiative.
Great to see the BBC inspiring the next generation of developers for a second time (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BB...)
From one in every school, to one in every kid's pocket. Superb initiative!