The micro:bit project is a groundbreaking partnership between international
corporations, including NXP, which provided a
Kinetis KL26 MCU
and two motion sensors – a
3-axis accelerometer, and a
3-axis magnetometer. The program aims to make a huge impact in 2015 with the BBC and its
partners committed providing up to 1 million micro:bits, given freely to every
child in year 7 or equivalent across the UK.
The relevance of the project, and the excitement around it since it has been
launched has been so high, that partners have soon been asked:
Is this just a 2015 initiative? Will others be able to buy a micro:bit?
The partnership announced on July 7 plans to collectively develop a
not-for-profit company to oversee and drive the micro:bit legacy. Not only
siblings and children in other year groups in UK, but also children and
technology passionates in other countries may also want to own their own
micro:bit. The partners will be giving them the chance to join in the coding
Starting this Fall, micro:bits will be available for retail pre-order in the
UK, and internationally through the program partners. These devices will be
distributed toward end of this year, as soon as the last free micro:bits
arrive in the hands of year 7 or equivalent children. The revenue generated
will enable the creation, and ongoing support, of a longer term charitable
legacy for the micro:bit partnership.
Exact pricing and availability will be confirmed soon.
One of the core aims of the micro:bit project was to help stimulate the market
for low entry coding devices. The device will be open source,
allowing others to create, manufacture and vary the capability of their own
devices without restriction. This will also help stimulate the micro:bit
ecosystem, giving partners and other companies the chance to create
accessories and new tools for the micro:bit.
We live in a technology driven world, where nearly every aspect of our lives
can be made safer and more productive through modern electronics. To ensure we
don’t have a shortage of engineering talent and expertise, we must
encourage more students to study STEM fields that will drive tomorrow’s
economy. To answer these challenges, NXP has established the NXP
Foundation in 2013, to support initiatives that helps instill students, at the
earliest age possible, with the belief that they can be a catalyst for
We believe, with our micro:bit project’s partners, that this newly
announced initiative, carrying the micro:bit legacy forward, will help
stimulate children interest in STEM internationally and develop the next
generation of innovators.
Contributed by NXP Staff