BBC Micro Bit

Following a number of delays, the BBC finally began launching its mini-computers, the micro:bit, to Year 7 students across the UK this March. Now that this roll-out has almost completed, the BBC is set to open access to the micro:bit to all for as little as £13.

Pre-orders are set to open today over at element14, the manufacturer behind the tiny computers, as well as other resellers such as Microsoft and more, with shipments expected in July.

You can grab a single micro:bit for £13, or you can grab the starter bundle that’ll net you a battery pack, USB cable, and a number of introductory activities and tasks for £15, which isn’t too bad. If however you want to get a number of the palm-sized computers, you can grab 10 bundles for £140.

In addition to the “official” options, the various resellers will also be selling the micro:bit as part of projects allowing kids and parents alike to build more elaborate things with the chip.

Much like its more complex older siblings, the Raspberry Pi and Arduino, the micro:bit is a small microcomputer with programmable buttons, an LED array, various sensors, a number of I/O rings, and Bluetooth, that acts as the brain for various programming projects available to younger audiences. The chip comes via The BBC as well as many partners including Microsoft, Samsung, and ARM.

The best thing about the micro:bit is that it doesn’t require a PC or computer to get started, all you need is an iOS or Android smartphone to get started. Plus there’s an abundance of free online utilities to help users get to grips with the device.

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