The BBC Micro:bit is a small programmable computer that aims to help teach child how to experiment and play with technology rather than just use and consume it. It is manufactured by Farnell Element 14 and has finally been rolled out to UK schools for Year 7 (11 year olds). For obvious reasons people have wondered if it is a rival or alternative to the Raspberry Pi and whether it will fight for the attention of teachers and kids.
Farnell were kind enough to send me one to try out. I’m clearly a fan of the Raspberry Pi so was interested to see how I would feel about the new kid on the block. I wouldn’t normally try to write about non-Pi related devices on this site but the great thing with the Micro:bit is that it is so easy to actually use with the Pi. For some users it can almost be considered a Raspberry Pi accessory.
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