Amy Hearn – Microbits in Libraries – lending computers!

The February Codemill Digital skills meetup had Amy Hearn talk about how public libraries around the UK are now lending out BBC micro:bit computers and how and why the initiative was started.

Amy Hearn is a development librarian, runs Hudderfield Girl Geeks meetup and is one of the people who started  #microbitsinlibraries, thus she was the perfect person to introduce us to the idea.

Some takeaways from the talk:

    • 90% of children said the micro:bit showed them anyone can code
    • After trying micro:bit, 39% of girls said they would choose computing, compared to 23% before trying micro:bit
    • Micro:bits are being lent in 1200 libraries in the UK and over the world.
    • Micro:bit lending attracted new people to join the libraries – reached new audiences
    • Coding for under 5’s exists – you can teach functional skills that would make a better coder later. A few toy examples:

You can view the talk here:

 


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