UK's broadcasting company has developed a tiny computer that will be given away to kids in the UK to learn coding.
This is massive. The BBC will try to convert 1 million kids in the UK into geeks. Today the BBC unveiled the final design of the Micro Bit computer.
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BBC's director general Tony Hall said the Micro Bit is aimed to tackle the fact children were leaving school knowing how to use computers but not how to program them.
"We all know there's a critical and growing digital skills gap in this country and that's why it's so important that we come together and do something about it," he said at a launch event in London.
The pocket-sized computer features a programmable array of red LED lights, two buttons and a built-in motion sensor that were not included in a prototype shown off in March. The final version of the Micro Bit has though no longer a slot for a thin battery to use it as a wearable. An add-on power pack with AA batteries will be needed to use it as a standalone product.
The Micro Bit can be connected to other computing kit via its input-output rings including the Raspberry Pi, Arduino and Galileo. Kids will be encouraged to write simple code for the Micro Bit via a new website, which will be accessible on both PCs and mobile devices. They will be able to save and test their programs on the site before transferring them to the tiny computer via a USB cable or wireless Bluetooth connection.
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This is an incredible initiative. The involved early adopter kids are already all over the Micro Bit. Watch them explain what they can do with this simple computer on the BBC.