The BBC MicroBit is Now On Sale to EVERYONE

By James O Malley on at

Earlier this year the BBC dished out a free, programmable computer to every Year 7 pupil in British schools. And now it is selling them to everyone else too.

The tiny computer is underpinned by some of the same principles as the Raspberry Pi: That kids can learn to code on it, without the risk of breaking something important. The device contains an array of LEDs, a bluetooth chip and a couple of buttons for inputs. It can also be hooked up to a variety of other sensors to expand what it can do. To program the MicroBit, all you need is the app on your phone - or you can plug into a computer via USB and drag and drop files over.

From today, the device is now available to purchase from Element 14, and starts at £12.99 for a single device, or £14.99 for a pack which includes the device, a battery pack and mini USB cable to power the device. Or you can go the whole hog and pay £140 for the "Club" pack, which includes 10 Microbits and the gear required to start a coding club.

It'll be interesting to see what the adults can come up with.