The BBC micro:bit is a pocket-sized computer designed to inspire every child to create their best digital future. Featuring the same technology used in TV, smartphones and tablets, the micro:bit can be easily programmed using simple, easy-to-use software and even modified on a breadboard – no soldering required!




The device can then be hooked up to other hardware, or control household appliances like lights and motors – all using simple coding commands. Built around an ARM Cortex-M0 processor, the micro:bit has 25 LEDs that can display lots of colours – and you can use these to create whatever games or programs you want. It also has a built in accelerometer that senses when you tilt it left or right, giving you full control over even more cool features.


With its array of input, output, power and communication pins the BBC micro:bit can be used to code your own games, music or programs and then control them with just a tap! This is the moment many children have been waiting for - a low cost device that's easy to use and fully flexible.


If you don't have the micro:bit, that's not a problem! The micro:bit also shows you the simulation when you code on the side. Check out this easy rock, paper scissors tutorial.




Updated: Feb 16

Your Ultimate Guide to Get Your Child Immersed in the World of Technology.



While only a generation ago, being tech-savvy was considered a skill for a select few, today there isn’t an industry that doesn’t rely on technology to exist and thrive. In other words, kids—and adults—need to know how to use computers, and how they work.


In a world of technology, your child needs to learn how to use and create with it. As the next generation of makers and creators, your child will help shape the future with their ideas.


You can help prepare them for success today by starting early and with small steps. Here are 3 ways to prepare your child for the digital future.


#1: Beginning with the Basics of Coding


#2: Engineering with Hardware Technology


#3: Discovering your Child's Creativity


 

#1: Beginning with the Basics of Coding


Learning to code can prepare your child for future career opportunities, open up their creative senses and best of all, teach them the skills they need to be a STEAM pioneer or tech influencer. Plus it's fun!


If your child has never coded before or needs more practice, look for drag-and-drop block coding programs such as code.org , Scratch and Tynker which provide beginner-friendly projects available to anyone.


#2: Engineering with Hardware Technology


Do you have a child or teenager that is interested in robotics? Computer software and hardware programming can be a great way to introduce your child to engineering. Making sure your child's software skills match their knowledge of hardware will give them a leg up on the future of technology.


Understanding hardware technology is an essential part of our modern world. There are lots of kits out there to inspire them and start them on their journey. Kids can learn to code and understand the how robotics are made using a micro:bit or a Makey Makey kit.


The micro:bit offers projects your child can do with the circuit board as the base. The light and powerful mini-computer chip has different elements that helps your child create the project of their imagination. Here's a quick tutorial of how to make your countdown timer featuring our student, Alicia!




#3: Discovering your Child's Creativity


The STEAM movement is shaping the future of education, helping kids to explore not just technical skills, but also creative solutions to real-world problems. The ability to write computer programs, manipulate 3D objects, and create digital products is proving to be a valuable problem-solving skill for young people. Artists and designers can use code to create digital art, graphic design and other creative pursuits — this is a great way for kids to build technical knowledge while exploring their artistic side. Kids can begin with digital canvas and open-ended creative platforms.