The BBC announced that it will give free coding devices to every student in year 7 of UK schools in autumn 2015. The device is currently named Micro Bit, a reference to the BBC Micro which was put in UK schools in the 1980s.
The BBC partnered with over 25 organisations and aims to ship out 1 million devices. The Micro Bit will be a wearable micro computer which can also connect to similar devices like Arduino, Galileo, Kano and Raspberry Pi.
With the device the BBC and its partners aim to support the new Computing curriculum by adding a hands-on learning experience to help develop complex thinking, analytical and problem-solving strategies.
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