The Micro:bit Educational Foundation is a not-for-profit organization founded in the UK in 2016, with the aim of inspiring every child to create their best digital future.
We do this by:
developing hardware and software that inspires young people to get excited about technology and the opportunities it presents for them
creating free, user-friendly educational resources to support teachers in delivering engaging and creative lessons
working with like-minded partners to deliver high-impact educational programmes across the globe.
The micro:bit was originally created by the BBC in collaboration with 29 other leaders in business and academia as part of the BBC’s Make It Digital initiative. This major UK-wide project launched in 2014 with a focus on creating the next generation of digital innovators.
From early 2016, up to 1 million micro:bits were distributed to Year 7 students (or equivalent, aged 11-12), non-formal education settings and libraries across the UK in a project led by BBC Education. The response was overwhelmingly positive and theimpactcontinues to this day.
The Micro:bit Educational Foundation was created from the original BBC project in October 2016. The Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation responsible for maximising opportunities for students around the world to learn with the micro:bit.
You can read more about the origins of the micro:bit and milestones in our storyhere.