Micro:bit: the ‘All-in-one’ device that you have been missing out on

Guest blog by Ana-Marie Nicolaie Microsoft Student Partner at University College London. My name is Ana-Maria Nicolaie and I am a second year Biomedical Engineering student at UCL. I am originally from Romania, but I chose to pursue my further studies in the United Kingdom because I felt that this place is ‘The Holy Grail’…


Microsoft MakeCode.com Perfect for inspiration and starting a development journey

The Microsoft MakeCode team is proud to announce a great partnership with Adafruit Industries. Over the last several months the http://www.makecode.com team have been working together on a new educational physical computing experience that pairs Microsoft MakeCode with various boards and devices. MakeCode is perfect for inspiring the next generation of developer. One of the…


Python and DataScience

Python is very mature and robust and has a large and vibrant community. One of the great things about Python is libraries exist for pretty much anything So within UK education Python is used for Web development Databases Text processing Scientific computing Image processing Machine Learning System management Gaming… One of things I have seen…


So what can you do with your Microbit and the Azure Cloud?

  Meet Damian Burrin , Damian started working as one of the first dedicated school ICT technicians back in 1994 cutting his teeth on Riscos 3 , Nexus networks and Windows 3.11 networking after having completed an HNC in Computing.  After getting frustrated at seeing ICT taught as a throw away subject by non-specialist he…

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Getting Started Microbit & Microsoft’s new https://pxt.microbit.org Environment

Create your first game We will be using the new Block/JavaScript Development environment https://pxt.microbit.org When codethemicrobit.com loads you see the following screen What we need to do is start a new blank programme simply click more new project We now have a blank project Step 1: Getting started We want the micro:bit to choose rock,…


Microsoft Programming Experience Toolkit–Blocks to Javascript coding experience

The Microsoft Programming Experience Toolkit (PXT) is a framework for creating special-purpose programming experiences for beginners, especially focused on computer science education. PXT’s underlying programming language is a subset of TypeScript (leaving out JavaScript dynamic features). The main features of PXT are: Google Blockly-based code editor along with converter to JavaScript Cloud9 ACE-based text editor…


Bloodhound Micro:Bit Race for the Line Schools Competition

BLOODHOUND SSC is a UK designed and built car that is aiming to break the 1000mph barrier and set a new land speed record. This summer term, the BLOODHOUND Project is using its world land speed record attempt to inspire the next generation to enjoy, explore and get involved in science, technology, engineering and mathematics…


Cool new features for BBC Micro:bit with TouchDevelop

  A new in-browser compiler The compilation from the script to the ARM machine code is now done entirely in the browser thanks to the ARM thumb assembler written by Michał Moskal (read the in depth story about building the compiler). The new compiler is used by the Block Editor, Touch Develop and Code Kingdoms…


BBC Micro:Bit

  There has been a lot of information and discussion over the past few days at Microsoft Future decoded about the BBC Micro:Bit. So what is the BBC micro:bit The BBC describe the micro:bit as a pocket-sized, codable computer that allows children to get creative with technology. Made possible through a major partnership with 28…

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BBC Micro:Bit and Cloud services for students

The BBC together with Microsoft and a range of other partners will provide every Year 7 student (age 11-12) in the United Kingdom with their very own BBC micro:bit, a personal computing device that they can use to explore the possibilities of computer science, both in and out of the classroom. The device has been…