What is a BBC micro:bit

The micro:bit is a handheld, fully programmable computer that was gifted for free to every Year 7 pupil or equivalent child across the UK.

"This little device has an awful lot of features, like 25 red LED lights that can flash messages. There are two programmable buttons that can be used to control games or pause and skip songs on a playlist. Your BBC micro:bit can detect motion and tell you which direction you’re heading in, and it can use a low energy Bluetooth connection to interact with other devices and the Internet – clever!"

Teaching Support

For Teachers Looking For Support In How To Utilise The BBC Micro:bit In Their School, Tablet Academy Offer Teacher Training Which Can Be Delivered In The Form Of Hands-On INSET Training For Staff Or Through Co-Delivering Lessons For Pupils.
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What's New?

In July 2016 the BBC micro:bit becomes commercially available. This means schools and individuals can purchase the devices to use at home or in school. It also means Primary Schools, Colleges, Universities and your everyday hobbyist can start to explore and experiment with the BBC micro:bit.

Primary Curriculum

The BBC micro:bit is a great tool to utilise in delivering the Computing Curriculum, it can help students understand the applications of programming in the real world, moving the curriculum beyond the basics of scratch. Tablet Academy are currently developing a number of lesson plans which are mapped to Key Stage 2 Curriculum outcomes.

Secondary Curriculum

Previously, all curriculum materials related to the BBC micro:bit have been designed with Year 7 students in mind. Now schools can purchase their own devices there's an opportunity to develop lesson plans for all Key Stages.

Purchasing the BBC micro:bit

See below for the wide range of ways you can purchase a BBC micro:bit from us.


BBC micro:bit Classroom Pack (£133.55 incl. VAT)

- Pack of 10 Starter Kits - 10x micro:bit - 10x USB Cable - 10x Battery Holder - 20x AA Batteries


BBC micro:bit Go (£17.14 incl. VAT)

- BBC micro:bit - USB Cable - Battery Holder - 2x AA Batteries - Quick Start Guide

Consumable Robotics

Bring the BBC micro:bit to life with our Consumable Robotics kits. These kits allow students to build and design their own robot, flying saucer or jet car which hold and connect with the BBC micro:bit to bring learning to life.

Development Kit - Dimm

Dimm was Binary's first invention and is now Binary's best friend. This pack contains a copy of Dimm and lots of interesting sensors. Can you build Dimm, personalise him and then code him to do lots of things or will the naughty code snipping bugs get in the way?

Purchase the Development Kit - Dimm, for £23.99 (incl. VAT)


Development Kit - Binary's UFO

Binary's UFO is a super saucer! It uses a technology to fly from planet to planet or for local journeys. This pack contains a copy of Binary's UFO and lots of interesting sensors. What could you use the UFO for on planet Earth? Binary will be interested to know what projects you have in store for his inventions!

Purchase the Development Kit - Binary's UFO, for £23.99 (incl. VAT)


Development Kit - Binary's Jet Car

Binary's Jet Car is very fast and very clever. This pack contains a copy of Binary's Jet Car and lots of interesting sensors. Once you have built the car, how easily can you drive it around? Can you send it on missions following markers?

Purchase the Development Kit - Binary's Jet Car for £23.99 (incl. VAT)

Training and Support

For teachers looking for support in how to utilise the BBC micro:bit in their school Tablet Academy offer teacher training which can be delivered in the form of hands-on INSET training for staff or through co-delivering lessons for pupils.

Contact us for more information.

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