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Coding has now become a part of the national curriculum here in the UK. We are teaching children as young as 4 basic coding skills through STEM-related play and activities using technology such as Ipads, tablets and laptops.

Let’s face it, whether we like it or not the world is turning digital. Everything as we know it is being computerised and transformed into some sort of technology.

Setting our children up for the next generation of the digital age is paramount to ensuring they have the best chances and future prospects in employment.

In September 2016 a non-profit organisation, The Micro:bit Foundation brought us the BBC Micro:bit with the intention to ‘Inspire Every Child To Create Their Best Digital Future’.

With the aim to make BBC Micro:bit the easiest and most effective learning tool for digital skills and to spark creativity among young children aged between 7 and young adults.

While collaborating with educators to ensure BBC Micro:bit create and curate exceptional curriculum materials, training programmes and resources to ensure that children and young people are going to get the best start in their Digital Generation journey ensuring all learning barriers are taken away for the best outcomes.

What is BBC Micro:bit?

BBC Micro:bit is a pocket sized programmable computer.

Using easily accessible coding programmes such as Microsoft MakeCode, Python and Scratch on PC’s, Laptops, tablets and mobile devices allowing BBC Micro:bit to be programmed to make some, in my opinion, amazing projects including games, radios, weather stations, compass, step counter and many more.

For devices such as mobile phones or tablets there are iOS and Android apps that let you program your micro:bit using MakeCode. Code is transferred from your mobile device to the micro:bit using a Bluetooth radio connection, so no data cables are needed.

Each BBC Micro:bit comes with a micro:bit, battery pack with 2 AAA batteries and usb cable.

The BBC Micro:bit itself has 25 LEDs, 2 buttons, motion sensor, light sensor, temperature sensor, compass, radio and Bluetooth wireless.

There’s the option and ability to add extra items that can enhance projects and the overall experience including headphones, crocodile clip leads and conductive materials such as aluminium foil and paper clips.

The micro:bit helps you understand how computers work. When you type on your laptop or touch the screen on your phone, you’re using an input device. Inputs allow computers to sense things happening in the real world, so they can act on this and make something happen, usually on an output like a screen or headphones.

In between the input and the output, there is the processor. This takes information from inputs like buttons, and makes something happen on outputs, like playing a song in your headphones.

Using the coding programmes mentioned above I was amazed at how simple it is to actually code a programme. I mean, I’m 36 years old and technology has come a long way since I was at school.

Watching my 10-year-old son coding away, programming the BBC Micro:bit to do different things absolutely amazed me!

With its own website and YouTube Channel, there are lots of step by step guides and tutorials to help you along the way on yours and your child’s coding journey.

The possibilities with the BBC Micro:bit are endless!

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