All of 11-year-olds across Great Britain will get a mini-computer as part of a push campaign to make the Great Britain more digital.
One million Micro Bits – a stripped-down computer similar to a Raspberry Pi – will be given to all pupils starting secondary school in the autumn term.
This is a very interesting thing to do. The Raspberry Pi is a very small computer and Micro Bits is quite similar. It means that all of these 11-year-olds have the chance to move the world forward in programming and understanding the technology which is been used everyday by almost everyone today.
The initiative is part of a wider push to increase digital skills among young people and help to fill the digital skills gap.
Back in 1980’s, Commodore pushed Vic 20 and Commodore 64 to be educational computers, but most of people know these computers as gaming machines.
Commodore had always a vision that children should be able to learn by just switching the computer on. As BASIC was chosen for Commodore 64 and Commodore 128, the kids needed to learn how to type to get games to start. It was a challenge, but the manuals that came with these early machines had lots of information about how to start to code.
This company was a pioneer in getting children, teenagers and adults from the gaming world into creative people. We just have to admit and see how much Commodore with their C64 and Amiga changed the world. Atari was also another choice.
It is really nice to see BBC initiative. Maybe if the more companies did the same thing while Commodore was alive. We would have flying cars today!?