Did you know you can now borrow a BBC micro:bit from hundreds of libraries around the UK?
Starter kits are free to borrow, and contain a BBC micro:bit, a mini-USB cable and a battery pack, along with some instructions to get you started … which means you can unleash your digital creativity in the comfort of your own bedroom – and get your family involved too!
The BBC micro:bit is really easy to pick up and use with little training, and can be programmed using a variety of free coding platforms on a PC, laptop or Bluetooth-enabled smartphone or tablet. And although it’s small enough to fit into the palm of your hand, it has a screen, onboard sensors and the option to add a host of exciting peripherals such as servo motors, lights, switches and all manner of sensors – and even robots.
Initially launched as part of a campaign to tackle a talent shortage within the UK’s digital sector, the BBC micro:bit is now available in over 50 countries … which means it’s well on its way to achieving the Foundation’s goal of reaching more than 100 million children worldwide.
The Library Initiative, run jointly by the Micro:bit Educational Foundation and the Kirklees Library Service, is part of the Foundation’s ambitious project to inspire a new generation of digital pioneers – supporting young people to flex their digital muscles and develop the coding skills they’ll need for so many careers in the future.
Each Monday is Micro:bitMonday here at Adafruit! Designed specifically for kids and beginners, the micro:bit is a pocket-sized computer that you can code, customize and control to bring your digital ideas, games and apps to life! Play, learn, explore: get started with micro:bit! Adafruit is an authorized Micro:bit reseller- check out all of our posts, tutorials and Micro:bit related products!
Experimenting with your own Micro:bit project? Use the hashtag #microbitmonday so we can feature your inspiring work on the Adafruit blog!