Over the last 2 months, 1 million BBC micro:bits have started to be distributed to Year 7 pupils at Secondary schools across the UK and children have been taking their first steps into coding, experimenting with the device and creating a range of innovative projects. As it is theirs to keep, children can experiment with the device at home. The device can be coded to control external devices, games and music playback on a smartphone and, as it has Bluetooth, communicate with tablets.
Kitronik, a leading provider of electronic project kits and educational resources to schools and one of the many partner organisations in the BBC micro:bit project, is one of the organisations distributing the device. The BBC micro:bit will be available from Kitronik at £10.82 (ex VAT) for a single BBC micro:bit. Also available are:
- Starter Pack - Includes USB, Batteries and battery Cage: £12.49 (ex VAT)
- Classroom Kit - Includes 10 starter packs: £124.00 (ex VAT)
- Starter Pack with Mi:pro Protective Case: £16.99 (ex VAT)
- Starter Pack with Inventor’s Kit: £32.99 (ex VAT)
- Starter pack with Mi:power board and cable: £16.49 (ex VAT)
“We have seen some fantastic projects from students and teachers up and down the country since the BBC micro:bit was delivered to schools in March,” said Geoff Hampson, co-founder and director of Kitronik. “In my opinion, making the device available for schools and the public to buy will hugely expand the reach of the device, help whole families get creative with coding and be music to the ears of hobbyists who have been itching to get their hands on the device since its launch. People will now be able to pair their Arduino, Galileo, Kano, littleBits and Raspberry Pi to the BBC micro:bit, which will lead to the development of all manner of creations!”
In addition to Kitronik, the BBC micro:bit will be available to purchase from Premier Farnell, The Pi Hut, Pimoroni, Science Scope and Element 14.