BBC micro:bit

The BBC recently announced the launch of the micro:bit - a small, lightweight computer designed solely for one purpose: to encourage children to become a generation of digital creators rather than digital consumers. A team of our computer scientists, led by Dr Joe Finney, has contributed in the development of coding and programming behind the device.

Lancaster University’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Education, Professor Sharon Huttly said: “Lancaster University has an excellent track record in Computer Science research, teaching and public engagement. BBC Make it Digital and micro:bit provide us with the opportunity to combine these strengths and reach out to every Year 7 child across the country to inspire and motivate the next generation of scientists.”

The BBC micro:bit is a pocket-sized computer that you can code, customise and control to bring your digital ideas, games and apps to life. Measuring 4cm by 5cm, and designed to be fun and easy to use, something simple can be coded in seconds – like lighting up its LEDs or displaying a pattern – with no prior knowledge of computing. All that’s needed is imagination and creativity.

The BBC micro:bit also connects to other devices, sensors, kits and objects, and is a great companion to Arduino, Galileo, Kano, littleBits and Raspberry Pi, acting as a spring board to more complex learning.

To find out more, please be sure to attend our Regional Conference on 15th June. This session is run alongside Computing At School (CAS), and will involve 14 guest speakers. Aimed mainly at primary and secondary school teachers, this hands-on workshop will focus on aspects of physical computing, using a range of hardware that will be covered including the BBC micro:bit, codebugs, drones, Shrimp kits, and Raspberry Pi.