Here are the people who've helped make your BBC micro:bit great!
The BBC micro:bit was created using the ARM mbed hardware and software development kits (HDK and SDK) and compiler services. The project builds on the organisations’ collaboration on the original 1981 BBC Microcomputer.
Barclays are supporting the distribution and manufacture of the BBC micro:bit. They will incorporate the BBC micro:bit into their education programmes such as Code Playground, where children, parents and teachers can learn coding online or in branch.
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group has designed the Bluetooth Smart Technology profile for the BBC micro:bit, in addition to providing general advice and guidance relating to Bluetooth Smart Technology.
Cannybots are 3D printable toy robots that introduce kids to programming, digital making, technology and art. Combined with 3D printing and BBC micro:bit, robotics is a compelling educational tool.
Creative Digital Solutions
Creative Digital Solutions will be helping to develop teaching resources for the BBC micro:bit and to design activities for outreach. They will be running workshops for hands-on interdisciplinary teaching and learning across the communities.
Cisco are working with STEMNET to support the BBC micro:bit. Cisco will be providing staff volunteers to STEMNET to help with the rollout of the device, as well as creating learning activities and getting started webinars.
Code Club is a nationwide network of volunteer-lead after-school coding clubs for children aged 9 to 11. Code Club are creating a set of learning resources to help children harness the power of the BBC micro:bit.
Code Kingdoms will build a code editor, which will enable children to write programs and then load them onto the BBC micro:bit. Code Kingdoms will also create learning resources to support the use of the editor.
CoderDojo will host a number of standalone BBC micro:bit events across the UK and will integrate the use of micro:bit into CoderDojo sessions, encouraging the community to build challenges for the micro:bit that include interfacing with other devices.
CultureTECH will be working with schools throughout Northern Ireland to deliver introductory workshops. Makers, developers and industry professionals will also work together to design real-world projects that challenge young people to show off their skills.
element14 are sourcing the components and managing the manufacturing of the BBC micro:bit in their factories in China, ensuring that the devices can be built cost effectively at their manufacturing plants.
Institution of Engineering and Technology
The Institution of Engineering and Technology education team will produce a range of teaching resources, including text-based and video-based materials, both curriculum and cross-curriculum focused; hands-on practical events; and teacher CPD sessions.
Kitronik will be giving away 5,500 e-textile sewing kits, with conductive thread, to Design and Technology teachers. This will highlight how the BBC micro:bit can be used to control other items, including additional LED lights.
Lancaster University are responsible for creating and writing the BBC micro:bit runtime. This is the essential core code that makes the BBC micro:bit do all the amazing things it does, like a miniature ‘operating system’.
London Connected Learning Centre
London CLC, will create user-friendly teaching materials which will link to both to the computing curriculum and cross-curricular work. They will also be providing support for parents and carers, encouraging families to engage in learning together.
To bring the BBC micro:bit to life, Microsoft have developed a bespoke version of their popular TouchDevelop web application and hosting service. They have also brought in a number of learning resource providers, and are producing a getting started guide for teachers and students.
MyMiniFactory will host versions of a case for the micro:bit on their platform that students will be able to print themselves in the classroom, showing how 3D printing and open source design can be used to inspire the future generations of 3D designers.
National STEM Centre
National STEM Centre will host micro:bit roadshows with The IET - CPD for science and D&T teachers across the UK. It will feature resources and lesson ideas as well as introductory hands-on training. Our science resources are linked to human space flight to celebrate Tim Peake’s mission to the ISS.
Responsible for supplying a single wireless chip on the BBC micro:bit that enables Bluetooth® Smart Technology wireless communication with smartphones, tablets, computers, and other micro:bits, and also embeds the BBC micro:bit’s main processor.
NXP have worked on the hardware of the BBC micro:bit and are responsible for supplying the accelerometer, the magnetometer, and the Micro-USB controller, which allows the users to connect the micro:bit to their computers.
Python Software Foundation
The Python Software Foundation are working with MicroPython to create a version of the Python programming language for the BBC micro:bit. They are also providing a code editor to teach Python to children, generating educational resources and engaging with the wider international Python community.
Samsung will connect the BBC micro:bit to phones and tablets, so that they are able to communicate with each other. Samsung will also publish a mobile micro:bit app that will allow young people to program on-the-go.
Responsible for leading the distribution of the BBC micro:bits to schools and development of the iOS App to enable users to program the micro:bit from their phones.
Tangent are a creative branding and digital agency responsible for giving the BBC micro:bit personality by creating the brand identity, designing and building the website and developing the online user journey. They will be overseeing the brand as it grows, connecting with users online and offline.
Technology Will Save Us
Technology Will Save Us has been the user-centric design lead responsible for the physical design, first experiences (including packaging and out of box), and a key contributor to the electronic engineering of the device.
TeenTech will be providing inspiring videos, online HangOuts and events which help young people see how programming the BBC micro:bit is just the first step on a very exciting road.
The Tinder Foundation
The Tinder Foundation will mobilise their 5000 learning centres to help promote the BBC micro:bit with parents and the wider community. They will provide learning resources and support the rollout of the BBC micro:bit via social media.
The Wellcome Trust
Through direct initiatives to schools, and working with the National Science Learning Centre, Wellcome Trust will provide exciting real life contexts for teachers and learners around the UK to use the BBC micro:bit.