Introducing: BBC micro:bit Kitronik University
It's been 10 months since the BBC first got in touch with us to ask if we'd like to become a BBC micro:bit partner. Given the sheer ambition of this project, a landmark education initiative that will give up to 1 million BBC micro:bits to every UK child in year 7 (or equivalent) this autumn, how could we not want to be one of 28 partners – a groundbreaking collaboration and the world’s first, convened by the BBC.

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And now, we're delighted to announce following todays official launch, we can launch our own ambitious plans. At Kitronik we will be focusing on using the BBC micro:bit within D&T, this gives us access to soldering irons, sewing machines, 3D printers, laser cutters and so on that won’t necessarily be available in ICT or computing. The BBC micro:bit has an expansion connector that allows students to do some really exciting things with their BBC micro:bit and our involvement in the project is all to do with using the expansion connector within D&T.

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Prototype of collision detection buggy using the BBC micro:bit expansion port.

We'll be using the knowledge we've gained from having developed the kits & teaching materials to support the sales of over a million educational electronic project kits to deliver a range of resources for the BBC micro:bit project. These resources will cover using the BBC micro:bit expansion connector with additional components and also using conductive thread so that the BBC micro:bit can be included in an e-textiles project. These resources will give step by step instructions describing everything a student will need to do to make the project as well as the details of how to program the BBC micro:bit.

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Prototype of the BBC microbit E-Texitles emoji bag.

So without further ado, we'd like to introduce, the BBC micro:bit Kitronik University Course.


Rob Haywood

Rob Haywood

They will be sent out to all year 7 pupils in the first half term back after the summer break by the BBC. If you want to make sure you are registered you can do so here:

Kevin Spencer

Kevin Spencer

Hi I'm very interested in introducing the BBC micro bit to my year 7 pupils, can you tell me how I go about obtaining these. Thank you Kevin Spencer HoD Design Technology Engineering Kimbolton School

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