Last week the BBC announced the launch of its Make It Digital project, an exciting initiative working across the BBC’s many platforms to highlight the importance of coding and other digital skills. From the BBC site:
BBC Make it Digital aims to get the nation truly excited about digital creativity. It will inspire audiences young and old through world-class TV, Radio and Online content, and focus on helping younger audiences discover their creative potential and take their first steps.
As a part of Make It Digital, the BBC will partner with over 25 organisations* – including Microsoft and Samsung – to distribute one million Micro Bit devices to 11 year olds across the country. The Micro Bit is a small programmable device, which will be compatible with three coding languages: Touch Develop, Python and C++. The device offers the opportunity for young people to learn basic coding and programming, hopefully inspiring a future generation of digital creatives.
The Make It Digital season across BBC TV and radio channels will include documentaries about Ada Lovelace and Bletchley Park, programmes about the history of coding, and a BBC Three talent show Girls Can Code.
You can join in the conversation by using the #BBCMakeItDigital hashtag on Twitter.
*A full list is available in this Media Centre article from last week.