Samsung launched an Android app to support BBC’s micro:bit, a pocket-sized codeable computer designed to put UK children “in the driving seat” of technology.
Aleyne Johnson, head of government relations and citizenship, Samsung Electronics UK & Ireland, said: “The combination of the micro:bit with the app will be a powerful learning tool for young people, inspiring them not only to use technology but to develop fun apps for themselves and their friends.”
“We hope that the micro:bit will give them a headstart by putting them in the driving seat as developers.”
The app will connect the micro:bit to smartphones and tablets, allowing young people to code their mini computer on the go.
The idea of the micro:bit is to transform the young generation “from passive users of technology to creators and innovators”. It has motion detection, a built-in compass and Bluetooth technology.
micro:bit is being made available to children in school year 7, free of charge.
Developed by Samsung’s R&D team as a volunteering project, the app will also allow young people to learn how to code as well as introduce them to connected technology and the Internet of Things.
Samsung has developed free resources and projects for both teachers and parents to use the app with their children.
The micro:bit is part of the BBC’s Make it Digital initiative which aims to improve digital literacy in the UK.