Pocket-sized computer micro:bit is being updated for the first time since 2016 with the latest technology to help children code.
The device is now four times faster and includes a built-in speaker and microphone, as well as upgrades making it possible to experiment with artificial intelligence and machine learning.
Micro:bit was first launched by the BBC in 2016, as a successor to the BBC Micro that introduced many schoolchildren to computing in the 1980s.
It is designed to support the school curriculum on computing and improve digital skills, containing sensors that can detect motion and direction.
During its initial revival, free devices were given to every year 7 student in the UK.
More than five million original micro:bits are used in classrooms around the world.
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