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New partnership with Infosys Foundation USA

26 Nov 2021

The Micro:bit Educational Foundation is excited to announce a new partnership with Infosys Foundation USA

Our two organisations are well aligned in our shared goal of bringing digital inspiration to young people. This collaboration will deliver just that for an estimated 27,500 elementary school students across America, with a particular emphasis on benefitting those from disadvantaged communities through a giveaway of 5,000 free BBC micro:bits to eligible schools.

Girls working with a micro:bit and laptops

With the support of Infosys Foundation USA’s Pathfinders Online Institute, we have created a series of engaging new educational resources targeting students aged 8-11. These new resources will be available on the Infosys Foundation USA’s Pathfinders Online Institute from 6 December.

Excitingly, this also means that 500 teachers in schools receiving Title 1 funding will be able to apply for a classroom pack of ten micro:bits for their respective school.

The aim of this giveaway is to support students in disadvantaged areas to learn with the micro:bit and to unleash their digital creativity. Eligible teachers (teaching students aged 8-11 in a Title 1 school) will be able to apply for their pack on a first come, first served basis from 6 December via the Pathfinders Online Institute.

Teacher confidence is a key component of any micro:bit programme. We will therefore be running two special webinars for teachers using the resources created through this partnership, so that they have the skills and confidence to be able to teach with the micro:bit in a classroom setting.

Looking to the future, we will be working closely with Infosys Foundation USA to gather teacher feedback on these resources, so that we can carry this learning across to other micro:bit programmes. We’d like to thank Infosys Foundation USA for making these activities possible.

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