element14 Donates micro:bit devices to Support Digital Literacy Initiatives


Educators Robert Ancell from New Zealand, Andrei Beloiu from Romania and Wil Lindsay from the USA were announced as the winners of element14’s Education Giveaway programme.

element14.com, the online community for engineers, has donated 250 micro:bit devices to support coding in the classroom, by providing teachers around the world with the tools they need to facilitate a range of inspiring education projects.

element14 is part of the Premier Farnell group of businesses, a global technology leader.

From vulnerable children in Canada to young female programmers in Central and South America, the element14 Community has inspired thousands of classroom coders around the world through its Education Giveaway programme.

Education Giveaway

The Community launched ‘The Great micro:bit Education Giveaway’ in August 2018, inviting Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) educators to submit a proposal for a project they would like to run using micro:bit.

As many as 25 applicants were selected to receive a micro:bit club pack – each containing 10 devices and associated accessories including batteries, adapters and USB cables.

The successful applicants were asked to document the progress of their projects on the element14 Community. Highlights included maker sessions for young and vulnerable children in New Brunswick, Canada; a series of projects for G:RL Power Code Fest Americas  – an event supporting young female coders in Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru – and the development of an interactive mental arithmetic challenge by a group of students in Pennsylvania, USA.

Three projects which were deemed to have demonstrated exceptional merit and creativity were selected for special recognition and a micro:bit prize package to help further their development.

The Winners

Educators Robert Ancell from New Zealand, Andrei Beloiu from Romania and Wil Lindsay from the USA were announced as the winners.

“As a key distributing partner for the micro:bit foundation, promoting coding and digital literacy in education is one of our highest priorities. The overwhelming global response to our Great Education Giveaway is a testament to the incredible things STEM teachers can accomplish with the right tools and support,” said Dianne Kibbey, Global Head of Community and Social Media for the element14 Community and Premier Farnell.

Details of the Great micro:bit Education Challenge, including the winner blogs and project highlights, can be found here:  https://www.element14.com/community/docs/DOC-91357/l/the-great-microbit-education-giveaway-winners