The BBC micro:bit will be distributed to UK children to get them curious about writing code

Learning how to write code is becoming increasingly important in a workforce that continues to demand engineers. As technology evolves, systems become more complex and teams require more talent.

To encourage kids to experiment with code, tech startup Technology Will Save Us created the BBC micro:bit. The micro controllers come with a 25 LED matrix screen, a compass, Bluetooth technology, two buttons and an accelerometer. Three PINs allow for the use of lights, buzzers and more.

The micro:bit was created to spark the imaginations of kids, offering them the tools to create objects like musical instruments. Online tutorials and projects guide kids in their exploration. The Electro Fishing game, for example, involves a few common items and the micro:bit to make a fun cardboard fishing game.

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