Micro: bit: the BBC wants to distribute nano computers to British children

The success of the Raspberry Pi seems to have made school with its compatriots: the BBC announced Monday its intention to distribute its own draft nano computer to British children. The initiative includes 29 digital players, including ARM, Freescale or Microsoft. The BBC announced that it will distribute one million free copies of its Micro: bit to British children 11 to 12 years prior to market later this nano computer.

The program is placed in the line of the BBC Micro computer, developed in the 80s by Acorn in partnership with the British public broadcaster BBC to promote the computer training. 30 years later, the BBC wants to revive the program, which at the time had been a success and intends to repeat the experience. To do this, she turns no surprise then to its partners: Acorn is indeed famous for having invented, besides the BBC Micro, the ARM processor, which has become his business heart.

This model of computer nano will ship 25 red LEDs, a motion sensor, 5-port i / o and a Bluetooth connection to communicate with the Micro: bit. The tool will operate the mbed software for its interface, platform and OS designed for connected objects developed by ARM, and a website will be set up during the summer that will benefit from a simplified programming interface as well various services, such as personal storage or testing tools for its programs. The card boasts compact dimensions of 4×5 cm and will be compatible with the rest of the nano industry computers (Arduino, Galileo, Raspberri Pi etc …)

The initiative is primarily thought to promote learning of programming, a major focus put forward by Britain in its educational program the last two years. Unlike Raspberri Pi, the other big British success in the nano computers educational sector, the Micro: Bit is thought to reach a younger and less familiar with computers, to initiate him from an early age to digital.

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