What is Micro:Bit?

Over the last few months the BBC micro:bit – a mini computer designed to teach youngsters how to code – has been delivered to over 800,000 school kids across the UK. Before the end of the year, this amazing device will make its way into the hands of 1 million teenagers. MyMiniFactory is the official 3D printing partner for the BBC micro:bit and just launched a 3D design competition for the device.

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How to compete?

You just have to upload your own design which works with the micro:bit to the MyMiniFactory website. They are tasking the community to come up with 3D printable designs to be used in conjunction with the micro:bit. Anything goes – they say – as long as your design would make sense when used with a micro:bit. Whether its a simple case, or large project that makes use of multiple devices, MyMiniFactory wants to see what you’ve got. The winning design will take away a BQ Witbox2 3D printer for the school of their choice.

Don’t have a micro:bit yet?

Dont worry, you can download the micro:bit CAD file from Kitronic’s profile page.

You can also check out this useful list of functions the micro:bit can perform.

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The competition is sponsored by BQ, a brand with a heritage in education, 3D printing, telecoms and robotics. They are giving away one of their brand new printers, the Witbox2, as well as 2 of their Zowi Bots.

The best entries submitted will be sent to the BBC, to be potentially featured on the micro:bit website, meaning that submitted designs could be used in schools across the UK.

MyMiniFactory will also be giving away a free micro:bit to the top 30 designs. The micro:bits are not available to the public so this is a unique chance to get your hands on one.

Check out featured micro:bit designs for inspiration and view full competition details here.

 

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