New STEM Program Sees 650,000 BBC micro:bits Distributed to Schoolkids

13 September 2023

Through collaboration between BBC Education, the Micro:bit Educational Foundation and Nominet, 30 micro:bit classroom kits will be donated to every UK primary school (coming to a total of around 21,000 schools across the country).

Both RS and Farnell will be involved in the distribution of this pocket-sized computing hardware, with OKdo and Farnell being among the companies responsible for the manufacturing work. The program will mean that a larger proportion of pupils will be able to get the opportunity to explore the coding process and pick up core skills, with clear benefits to their future careers. 

As Nicki Young, Group Chief Digital & Innovation Officer at OKdo, states; “This initiative is a game-changer and is setting the bar at new heights, transforming how digital skills are perceived and taught across primary schools in the UK and bringing digital inspiration to young people at their most formative age. We are delighted to be part of it and are hugely excited about the impact this will have on so many young people today.”

“We believe in the power of education to change lives, and the micro:bit is an excellent example of how technology can be used to inspire and empower young people,” adds Simon Meadmore, Farnell’s VP for Product & Supplier Management. “We're proud to be a part of this initiative, which will undoubtedly have a profound impact on the digital literacy and creativity of the next generation."

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