Since its widespread launch in schools earlier this year, the BBC micro:bit has been continuing to inspire the next generation of coders and computer scientists.
A truly cross-curricular catalyst, the BBC micro:bit is a case in point of how technology can be used to teach a whole variety of different subjects, all the while helping students to naturally develop the 21st century digital skills that are in increasingly high demand in the workplace.
We’ve already seen activities such as the Race for the Line BBC micro:bit Rocket Car Competition and plenty of other initiatives using the micro:bit to introduce computational thinking and coding through wider project based learning. Today, we’re pleased to share another great story from Eastlea Community School.
ICT and computing teacher Stephen Richards was responsible for running the school’s Technology Day, which involved over 900 pupils and 100 staff. Covering off a wide range of curriculum areas, the day saw projects and activities to ignite sparks of imagination and innovation in every young mind, including BBC micro:bits being coded to measure and record all sorts of sporting metrics from playground pursuits! Moving indoors, there further electronics, robots and ‘hacking goodness’ to be found in Mr Richards’ classroom, while back outside students from the computing club were proud to show the weather station that they had built and set up during their lunch breaks over several months, and installed in a small garden area.
You can read and full report of the day here, and be sure to return to this blog to see more STEM and BBC micro:bit stories from schools such as Eastlea over the next academic year.
The BBC micro:bit is available to buy now from the Microsoft store, priced at £12.99.