Earlier this month the BBC micro:bit was launched at New Broadcasting House and a couple of days later Geoff took it to show teachers at the D&T Association Summer School. The BBC micro:bit, a small hand held computer that will be given to all year 7 students later this term was well received by the teachers, with most wanting to know what it could do and when they could get their hands on one.
We are one of a number of partner organisations that are helping to deliver the BBC micro:bit project and are focusing on what can be achieved with the device within D&T. The BBC micro:bit features a 5 x 5 LED matrix for scrolling text and images, a couple of buttons, an accelerometer to detect if the device is tilted or moved, a compass or magnetometer that knows which way the device is pointing relative to north as well as a cut down version of blue tooth (BLE) allowing the device to talk to the internet. It also has an expansion connector which is great to use in Design and Technology.
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