Every English kid gets a free microcontroller to boost the country's innovation

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BBC Micro Bit Heading to 1 Million UK Schoolkids

If we want technological progress to continue evolving we need to find a way to get the younger generations involved.

BBC has the perfect plan to do that.

The company revealed that every kid of age 11 and 12 in England will receive a new microcontroller for free.

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A microcontroller is basically a small computer that allows you to build circuits and program it to perform tasks.

Does it sound boring? Think again.

People all over the world have been creating the craziest inventions out of similar microcontrollers such as Arduino and Raspberry Pi, which allow even individuals without major knowledge of electronics and engineering to automate their houses, make robots and explore the internet of things.

Check out some of these cool projects that makers are bringing to life with those platforms:

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Meet mBot an educational #robot kit from @Makeblock. Built around the #Arduino http://t.co/TWuF8W5Hof #makerspace http://t.co/iI52MnRZhD
Yes it's possible to do real time 15fps video capture, processing, and motion tracking on an #Arduino ! @adafruit http://t.co/m5JVSfGcrF
Learn to program an Arduino UNO & take home a trippy Infinity Mirror. All materials included. https://t.co/teQe61Yerh http://t.co/vqpmA3lH2l
Playing with @adafruit Noepixels being driven from an @Atmel ATTiny85 chip, programmed with an @arduino Uno. http://t.co/RoEm378jLY
Building a #Robot Arm (Part 4): Adding Control with an #Arduino http://t.co/TM05kBbQSL http://t.co/fQdu3w1MZe
"The Arduino Plant with JavaScript voice recognition - Web on Devices" http://t.co/dDU6TARuUj #tech #feedly
This wearable monitor will let you know when you’ve been sitting for too long: http://t.co/s9tUjMKBhP #Arduino #Wearables
No laptop required! Control an #Arduino with your smartphone via @blynk_app http://t.co/wvMlfXuocH by @TensorFlux http://t.co/J19rnrPFEU
So sick! Video Samantha H's @ProcessingOrg @arduino game with accelerometer and potentiometer controls. @hewittschool http://t.co/w1E9oqSP08
DIY surveillance with #RaspberryPi and @attm2x http://t.co/nocbcSqopp #IoT - by @lemonit
Jay got to show off his @Raspberry_Pi powered astronaut costume at the school summer fair http://t.co/t3sRiWnllf
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BBC's "Micro:bit" can connect to a variety of devices beyond the usual desktop computer, via both Bluetooth and WiFi. On top of this, its integration with schools and the free availability for pre-teens are precursors for what could be a great success.

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