‘Imagine If’ with EduConnect – 20th December 2017

EduConnect is a cross-company initiative comprised of a team of Microsoft UK interns from all over the business, under the tutelage of Craig Parker, the Microsoft UK Education Partner Lead. Together, they share a collective desire to empower children to get into coding and STEM. One key focus of the EduConnect team is to train other Microsoft employees so that they can run sessions in their local schools that include coding activities, micro:bit projects and STEM initiatives. The team also visit schools themselves, running activities on-site, recently marked Ada Lovelace day by putting on events and activities throughout October, engaging over 300 children.

Computer Science in the Classroom – Get Coding with BBC micro:bit through Twilight Sessions

Tuesday 7th February marked the beginning of three Twilight Sessions for teachers across Renfrewshire and Central Scotland to gain confidence and skills when teaching Code in the classroom, using BBC micro:bit. This event was put together in collaboration with Microsoft, West College Scotland, Paisley YMCA and Renfrewshire Council. Every teacher was gifted a micro:bit from Microsoft, attachments from West College Scotland and funding from the Digital Xtra Fund.

Complete an Hour of Code as part of Computer Science Education Week

Next week sees the return of Computer Science Education Week, and with it the opportunity to join tens of millions of other students in over 180 countries, in participating in the Hour of Code! A huge range of coding activities can be carried out on a range of devices, or all within your internet browser making things easy and accessible. Simple step by step instructions guide students and teachers through the process of created your very own games and programs.

BLOODHOUND Race for the Line competition – deadline extended

Great news for anyone who has yet to enter the Race For the Line rocket car challenge – the application deadline for this fantastic STEM initiative has been extended to 30th November. Register your school for Free rocket Car Kits and take part in this awesome competition to design and build the fastest model rocket car in the UK!

Teacher Ambassador Report: Coding @ CoderDojo, Paisley YMCA

CoderDojo Scotland is part of a global collaboration that provides free coding clubs for young people. It enables them to learn everything they need to become a great programmer whilst providing a safe, fun and sociable environment to do it in. At a CoderDojo event the only limit on what you can do is your imagination. You can learn new programming languages, create apps for your computer, tablet or phone, build websites, make games and much, much more.

Rishworth School puts the first BBC micro:bit in space

Schools up and down the UK will from tomorrow be receiving their free BBC micro:bits, as a million students are given an introduction to the world of coding, and skills in computational thinking. The device has been specifically designed for students starting with little or no computing experience, to show them that they can progress…

Students from Horbury Primary School win Schools App Challenge run by local GPs practices

In recent weeks we’ve been following the progress of students from two schools that have been taking part in the Schools App Challenge, an initiative led by West Wakefield Health & Wellbeing, with the support of NHS Wakefield CCG, Wakefield Council and two of Microsoft UK’s Public Sector teams – Health and Education. The Challenge From…

BBC micro:bit – register to receive your device and download the Quick Start Guide for Teachers

Last week we were proud to share the announcement launching the BBC micro:bit, which forms an integral part of the broadcaster’s #MakeItDigital campaign. The response from teachers, students, and tech enthusiasts has been overwhelmingly positive, and we can’t wait for the micro:bit itself to start appearing in schools all over the UK. Much of the…

Hour of Code – offering teachers free resources to allow students to learn basic coding skills

Last year, over 100 organisations joined forces to launch the largest education event in history: the Hour of Code. Digital skills are set to add £3bn to the economy in the next five years, and it is important that the next generation doesn’t miss out on the potential the digital world offers and the ability…