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Micro:bit is Officially in the US and Canada @microbit_edu #microbit #microbitlove #microbitmonday

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Hooray – Micro:bit is available in the U.S. and Canada!

We’re excited to share this news and to work with micro:bit to empower young makers everywhere! In honor of micro:bit’s official launch we’re starting a weekly mico:bit series right here on the Adafruit blog. Be sure to tune in every Monday, starting June 26, to get your weekly dose of micro:bit news and project inspiration. Share your micro:bit projects with #microbitmonday for a chance to be featured on the Adafruit blog!

Here’s some info from micro:bit’s news release:

The micro:bit includes 25 LEDs to display simple images and text, two programmable buttons, a variety of sensors and can connect to other devices via Bluetooth. Additionally, the pins on the edge of the device allow for easy expansion to other hardware modules and broadens the creative options for students.

The micro:bit can be programmed using the popular block-based coding language Scratch. The micro:bit Scratch extension is available at scratchx.org. Students can also program the device using Microsoft MakeCode, which allows them to switch back and forth between block-based and text-based coding.

The Micro:bit Foundation aims to put the device in the hands of 2 million children across the U.S. and Canada by 2020 and hopes to eventually reach more than 100 million kids around the world. The device starts at $14.95 USD and authorized resellers include Adafruit, CanaKit, Fair Chance Learning, Fry’s, MCM Electronics, Micro Center, SparkFun and others. For more information about the micro:bit or to find the nearest reseller, visit the Foundation resellers list.

Check out the full release here


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