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