Impact and research findings

Micro:bit in class

Everybody Codes

We're a non-profit who's mission is to have real world impact beyond the typical demographics that work in STEM. We commission research to check if are meeting this mission.

Micro:bit book project

Cross Curricular

Coding isn't just about going to a computing class! The micro:bit has projects that are great for all subjects including Design Technology, Physics and Art and Music classes.

Sri Lanka

Around the World

Although we started in the UK, the micro:bit is now available in class rooms across the world. As new research from different places is available it will be published here.

UK Research Findings

As part of giving up to one million BBC micro:bits for free to every year 7 student in England and Wales, year 8 student in Northern Ireland and S1 student in Scotland the BBC also commissioned an impact study and found that... [BBC]:

  • 90% of students said the micro:bit showed them that anyone can code.
  • 86% of students said the micro:bit made Computer Science more interesting.
  • 70% more girls said they would choose Computing as a school subject after using the micro:bit.
  • 85% of teachers agree it has made ICT/Computer Science more enjoyable for their students.
  • Half of teachers who’ve used the micro:bit say they now feel more confident as a teacher, particularly those who say they’re not very confident in teaching Computing.
  • Sentance et al., “Creating cool stuff” – Pupils’ experience of the BBC micro:bit, Kings College London

You can find our more in the BBC press release. The Foundation is now working on a new UK study. If you got micro:bits in the the original project and would like to get involved please contact us.

Future Studies - Get Involved

We are continually working on new research and open to collaborating. Contact us via our normal channels if you would like more impact studies or would like to contribute.

Research

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