The BBC’s Micro:bit mini PC is finally shipping to schools and students in the UK this week.
This comes after many years of development by the BBC and many other manufacturers, it was originally expected to be launched earlier this year, but has since seen delays due to some final tweaks to the hardware.
That said, the tweaks are finally done, and the Micro:bit will be making its way to around 1 million school children throughout the UK, with hopes to provide a free computer to all year seven students in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
The BBC explains more:
You can use your BBC micro:bit for all sorts of cool creations, from robots to musical instruments – the possibilities are endless. The micro:bit is a handheld, fully programmable computer being given free to every Year 7 or equivalent child across the UK. It’s 70 times smaller and 18 times faster than the original BBC Micro computers used in schools in the early 1980s.
A lot of people will be receiving theirs from today, however, the PC will be rolled out slowly, so it’s possible that you won’t receive yours for some time.
After they have been shipped to schools, the BBC Micro:bit will be available for purchase directly from the official Micro:bit website, with other retailers expected to be stocking the unit.
You can read more about the BBC Micro:bit at the source link below.