The Beeb's new Micro will debut in September but teachers won't get it first, as hoped, writes Tony Parkin
Way back in November 2013, when the BBC's planned "Year of Making and Doing" was first discussed outside its hallowed walls, there was talk of a new device. Some hoped for a sort of updated BBC Micro, while others wanted the BBC to exploit the Raspberry Pi. Others were dubious that either of these would prove to be correct: their caution was well-placed.
When "Make it Digital" officially emerged in 2015, focus shifted to a far smaller and simpler device, previously nicknamed the BBC Bug, but now baptised and confirmed by the BBC as the Micro Bit. Indeed Sinead Rocks, head of BBC Learning, has dubbed it the initiative's "centrepiece".