Designed for education - The BBC micro:bit was designed from the ground-up for education. In fact, every year a micro:bit is given to every year 7 student in England and Wales, year 8 student in Northern Ireland and S1 student in Scotland. Read more here.
Low Cost - The BBC micro:bit sells for under $15.
The micro:bit is smaller than a credit card, has 25 LEDs, 2 buttons, accelerometer/gyroscope/compass, temperature sensor, light sensor bluetooth and 25 pins to program to.
In order to maintain low cost, the BBC micro:bit has some design limitations that have spawned a wide number of add-on board solutions. Power management and access to the pins are the most common challenges with using the board as-is.
What makes ours different? Our solutions are designed with educators in mind: how can students get the most out of the micro:bit and how can teachers run their classroom project as efficiently as possible. All our designs are around the “Low Threshold, No Ceiling, Wide Walls.”
Low Threshold - Physical computing is engaging because it makes coding real and tangible. How can we make it as easy as possible to jump right into coding? In a nutshell: Onboard Power, Onboard components and easier access to the ports. Both the bit:buddy and bit:booster have onboard power and allow for multiple projects right out of the box. When you are ready to extend the project, that is easy as well.
No Ceiling - Projects should only be limited by your imagination. Both the bit:booster and bit:buddy make it easy to explore a wide spectrum of physical computing projects without requiring an engineering degree or endless patience.
Wide Walls - Where do you start? There’s a wide range of support and curriculum for the micro:bit that works with our products but if you are looking for a project that provides a unified framework for a broad range of learning, try the Very Useful Monster.