The history of the BBC micro:bit

Have you ever wondered how the BBC micro:bit was invented? Let us explain.

Back in the 1980s, the BBC Micro introduced many children across the UK to computing for the first time. Fast forward 30 years and the BBC decided it was time to do it again.

BBC Learning set itself the challenge of inspiring 1 million students to code by creating and distributing a pocket-size microcomputer. The device was released with the support of a multitude of partners.

The project received overwhelmingly positive feedback from teachers and students as well as the wider community, who created their own robots, kits, and coding editors.

"Will we have the next Tim Berners Lee, Martha Lane Fox, or Ada Lovelace in our midst who was inspired by the BBC micro:bit? We hope so. Because the future of the device is really the future of hundreds of thousands of children across the UK, and now a growing number globally. And that’s all thanks to the micro:bit family - the passionate individuals and organisations who made it happen."
Andy Wilson, BBC Make It Digital Partnerships Lead 2014-2016

In October 2016 the Micro:bit Educational Foundation was launched to carry on the project. You can learn about our mission or read our latest news.

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