Announcing micro:bit Next Gen, Partnership & Roll-out

BBC micro:bit the next gen, is a new partnership between BBC Education, The Micro:bit Educational Foundation and Nominet. Made possible by Nominet’s support, the partnership will donate a set of 30 micro:bits to every primary school across the UK that registers to receive them here.

The campaign aims to empower primary school children aged 8 to 11 with the digital skills to understand the world around them and shape their futures. The BBC micro:bit can be used as part of the Computing programme of study and across the wider curriculum.

Teachers will be supported by teacher training and a suite of cross curricular teaching resources alongside an array of inspiring classroom activities to get children coding. To find out more go to


What is the BBC micro:bit?

The BBC micro:bit is a pocket-sized codeable computer with motion detection, a built-in compass and Bluetooth technology, which was given free to every child in year 7 or equivalent across the UK in 2016. It was conceived by the BBC to encourage children to get actively involved in writing software and building new things that will be controlled by it.

A collaboration between 29 partners and product champions, including Kitronik, the BBC micro:bit is the BBC's most ambitious education initiative in 30 years, with an ambition to inspire digital creativity and develop a new generation of tech pioneers.

Features at a glance:

  • USB, Radio, serial, and Bluetooth connectivity.
  • A Compass & Accelerometer.
  • 2 x user-assignable buttons.
  • A programmable 25 LED display.
  • 25 pin notched edge connector.
  • Onboard speaker.
  • MEMs Microphone with LED indicator.
  • Touch-sensitive logo.
  • Light level/Temperature sensing.
  • Built-in sleep/off mode allows the board to be powered-down.
  • It can supply up to 200mA of current to external accessories.
  • Power status LED and USB data transfer LED.
  • Code it with MakeCode; Blocks, Javascript, or Python.


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