The BBC micro:bit is a pocket-sized codeable computer with motion detection, a built-in compass, LED display, and Bluetooth technology built in.
It measures 4cm by 5cm, is available in a range of colours, and designed to be fun and easy to use. It can be coded with something simple in seconds – like lighting up its LEDs or displaying a pattern – with no prior knowledge of computing.
It also connects to other devices, sensors, kits and objects, and is a companion to Arduino, Galileo, Kano, littleBits and Raspberry Pi, acting as a spring board to more complex learning.
Each element is completely programmable via easy-to-use software on a dedicated website (www.microbit.co.uk) that can be accessed from a PC, tablet or mobile.
For longer lasting power, we have the Bit:bat case, adding 2xAAA batteries to a transparent protective case.
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I purchased this micro:bit as a gift, for my son's friend (9 yo). The potential is endless.
I also came across these through GROK Learning. Flexible but easy for students to start with block-based programming. Impressed that compiled code can be downloaded from a web IDE and transferred from an iPad via Bluetooth!
For those that like something physical to muck around with while coding, these are the go. I first saw these at EduTech in Masterclass with GROK Learning. Combined with their courseware online you will have a great guide for your kids if you are a teacher. I have no affiliation with them so I have nothing to gain. I just find them really useful so check out the site http://groklearning.com . All aligned with the Australian Digital Learning Curriculum.