BBC micro:bit and the National STEM Centre

The BBC micro:bit is the biggest BBC Education project in 30 years, and the National STEM Centre is a key educational partner. Throughout the BBC Make it Digital season we’ll be supporting teachers to make the most of this unique opportunity, which climaxes with the delivery of one million micro:bit programmable devices to 11 and 12 year olds, early next year. 

Computing teachers are invited to the CAS micro:bit roadshow on 29 September . Places are free and are filling up fast, so make sure to register your interest as soon as possible. 

We’re supporting teachers in other STEM subjects too. For example, science teachers will welcome the micro:bit as a capable – and free – science tool, able to detect movement and direction and to connect to a range of sensors. To help them get started, we’re working on a suite of science teaching resources linked to human space flight, including Tim Peake’s Principia Mission to the International Space Stations (ISS). 

To coincide with the touchdown of the micro:bit, we’ll be going on the road ourselves with The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). The STEM micro:bit roadshow will stop-off at venues across the UK, sharing ideas with teachers of science and design and technology. 

There are around 30 micro:bit partners, with resources already available to use with the excellent micro:bit website and simulator which is being put through its paces by an army of volunteers. 

And if you can’t wait to get experimenting with small programmable devices, the eLibrary has resources for Raspberry Pi, Arduino, Picoboard and more.

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