Last week during Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's visit to the UK for Future Decoded, he paid a visit to Eastlea Community School to meet with staff and students and see how they have been inspired into coding and creativity by the BBC micro:bit.
Speaking on the day, he said:
“I hope for sure that it becomes a worldwide phenomena – where the product, but more importantly the ingenuity that I saw today in the kids that I met today, is the thing that I think will become worldwide in terms of really inspiring every kid to get out there and learn coding and to express themselves in ways that are so, so creative”
Joining Satya was the BBC's Director General, Lord Tony Hall, and as well as impressing both with their computational thinking and programming, the students at Eastlea turned their hand to broadcast journalism by creating the following video as part of the BBC News School Report:
But the fun didn't end there for the students, as later that day they travelled to Future Decoded where they took up residence of the Microsoft in Education stand to demonstrate to the other attendees how they had used TouchDevelop to program their BBC micro:bits to be able to do all sorts of innovative and wonderful things. A lot of the creations involved integrating the BBC micro:bit with other objects and devices, giving the students first-hand experience of how they themselves can help to shape the emerging Internet of Things.
And what better place to be inspired than Future Decoded? In another video report produced by the Eastlea students, they look at some of the best of what Future Decoded had to offer and what they found the most interesting, including the new Lumia phones and the robotic cocktail maker!
Everyone here in the Microsoft in Education team here in the UK is extremely grateful to the teachers and students for giving up their time to share their BBC micro:bit stories. If you wish to register your school to receive a free BBC micro:bit for all Year 7 students, or simply would like some more information or tutorials, please visit our own Microsoft BBC micro:bit page.