The BBC micro:bit system board designed to get children coding has been delayed due to power supply problems.
Sinead Rocks, head of BBC Learning, explained that micro:bit development has encountered a stumbling block that will delay its distribution to schools.
"It's a new piece of hardware developed in conjunction with a coalition of expert partners, and getting the device right before we manufacture a million of them for distribution is our priority," she said in a post on the BBC blog.
"As a result of this testing, we've decided to make some minor revisions to the way power is supplied around the board, as this was affecting a few devices in rare and isolated instances. This will have an impact on our timings for distribution, but we are working hard to make sure you get your micro:bits as quickly as possible."
The micro:bit builds on the legacy of the BBC Micro, which was the first hardware that many of today's technologists started out with. The new device is part of the BBC Make it Digital initiative designed to make young people be more digital-savvy and fill the IT skills gap in the UK.
"The BBC micro:bit has been designed to encourage children to move away from seeing laptops and tablets as ‘devices you can do things on' to ‘devices you can use to make other things happen' - a concept that has arguably been lost to many as so many types of technology have become ever more intuitive and easy to use," explained Rocks.
Despite the delay in the hardware, the BBC micro:bit website will help teachers to plan how they will use the board in classrooms.
"It has been designed to equip teachers, parents and students with a one-stop intro into everything they need to know about the BBC micro:bit, and to help teachers get going in advance of the devices arriving in schools," said Rocks.
The BBC micro:bit is not dissimilar to the Raspberry Pi 2 single board computer which offers wannabe coders and technologists an inexpensive way to get stuck into tweaking hardware and software.
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