IET and BBC boost UK coding

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has launched a series of events, as part of its Coding the Future initiative, aimed at inspiring and nurturing the next generation of UK coders. The drop-in events are part of the BBC’s Make It Digital campaign launched on 22 March.

It will involve one million BBC micro:bit coding devices being given to every child in Year 7 or equivalent across the UK, to encourage and nurture their interest in coding.

The BBC micro:bit device was developed by the BBC in the face of a critical skills shortage in the UK technology sector. By working with the IET as one of its BBC micro:bit champions, the BBC hopes to create a new generation of coders, engineers and technologists to fill future skills requirements.

The Coding the Future events will give children and parents the chance to explore their own BBC micro:bit in more depth, and offer practical tips on their device – whether it be developing code for their very own games, or learning how to overcome tricky error codes.