every child has an inner inventor. We remember that, as a kid, we used to get excited on those little do-it yourself kits. Technology opens up possibilities and can help us achieve near-miraculous things, but it can also be complicated. In fact, it is so complicated these days that it can sometimes seem completely out of reach.
Launched last year, the BBC micro:bit, a pocket-sized, programmable computer, was designed to change this. The aim was to help every child unlock their creativity with technology, and the device was given free to a million 11-year-olds across the UK, introducing them to the world of invention. Already, a number of exciting micro:bit projects have been brought to life, from acceleration measurement in rocket cars to helping people with autism recognise other people's emotional states. Following the success of the BBC project, the Micro:bit Educational Foundation was born. It's a not-for-profit organisation that will support the global roll-out of the micro:bit.
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