In the last 5 years there has been an explosion in platforms (both software and hardware), the learning to code series looks at 12 combinations from pic to arduino to raspberry pi.
Now there is a growing group aimed at youngsters, cheap badge microcontrollers with easy attachment.
3 uk based products that interest me. Only the last one is currently available. There is the MicroBit that will be given to school children in uk in yr 7, The CodeBug that is on kickstarter and the Crumble, which can be bought now for £12. I Dont have them, but it would be nice to get all three to compare there strengths and weaknesses(hint hint).
- Micro bit http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/mediapacks/makeitdigital/micro-bit
A major BBC project, developed in pioneering partnership with over 25 organisations, will give a personal coding device free to every child in year 7 across the country – 1 million devices in total.
Code Bug (currently on kickstarter, by the PiFace people)
and my current favourite
Crumble Microcontroller, by redfern electronics http://redfernelectronics.co.uk/product/crumble-controller/