MUMBAI, INDIA: The micro:bit coding device is now available in India.
Measuring 4x5cm, the micro:bit is a hands-on, easy-to-use introduction to the world of technology and is packed with features that provide endless possibilities for creativity. The device is supported by microbit website, that features a range of resources and tutorials to help learners.
The BBC micro:bit device was originally launched in the UK in March 2016 following an educational programme led by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), in partnership with a group of technology partners including ARM, Microsoft and element14. The Micro:bit Education Foundation is a non-profit organisation enabling children around the world to get creative with technology and gain digital skills in school, in clubs and at home.
Ralf Buehler, SVP Sales and Marketing for Premier Farnell, said,“The BBC micro:bit project was a milestone event in the world of STEM education and computer programming in the UK – and we are delighted to make it available to buy through element14 in India. As the Development Distributor, we are committed to helping develop the future of technology, whether that is supporting customers building products that can change the world for the better, or helping a teacher inspire their class to get into coding. The BBC micro:bit is a fantastic way to introduce students to coding – allowing hands-on application of technology in a way that can inspire our younger generations.”
Since launch in the UK there have been 13 million visits to the microbit.org website, nearly 10 million code simulator runs and 2 million compiles to devices.
The BBC micro:bit is available in a range of pack sizes from single BBC micro:bit and ‘micro:bit go’ packs which include a USB cable, battery holder and 2x AAA batteries along with a Quick Start Guide and four inspirational ideas to get started; to ‘Club’ packs of 10 and bulk boxes of 300.
The device has two programmable buttons to interact with your projects, one on-board motion detector, just like a smartphone. It has a built-in compass which senses the direction you’re facing and your movement.
The micro:bit can connect to the internet and the world around you, whether that’s other micro:bits, phones, cameras, or tablets to ‘code on the go’ or take selfies. The device has five Input and Output rings which helps to connect the micro:bit directly to other devices using crocodile clips or 4mm banana plugs, and send commands back and forth.
The BBC micro:bit is available to buy from Premier Farnell (element14) in India.