Roll-out of pocket-sized computer won’t now happen until after the half-term holidays, BBC confirms.

We’ve previously reported how up to one million of the devices were due to be rolled out to youngsters in the UK from October 2015, with the idea being to introduce a new generation to coding and getting creative with technology – but a power supply issue led to an initial delay into 2016.

But “fine tuning” has led to the latest delay, according to BBC Learning Executive Cerys Griffiths, although some schools have received prototype Micro Bits. Teachers have been promised the first complete units to prepare for lessons.

The Micro Bit was inspired by the famous BBC Micro computer, which was the first experience of a computer for many young people back in the 1980s.

The new device measures just 4 x 5cm and has various features, including two programmable buttons and Bluetooth to connect to the internet and other devices.

Minor redesign

Previously, a BBC spokesman said a power supply issue affecting a “small number of devices” had led to the decision to make some minor revisions to the device to get it right before manufacturing one million units.

“We’re expecting to start sending them out to teachers before Christmas and to children early in the new year,” said the spokesman.

Up to one million year 7 students (aged 11 and 12) will receive the computer.


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