Due to demand, Catshill Learning Partnerships have developed a BBC:Microbit training course for schools. Find out more.
The BBC have produced a pocket-sized, computer that allows children to get creative with technology. The aim is to inspire digital creativity and develop a new generation of tech pioneers.
This ambitious education initiative gave a million devices to every 11 or 12 year old child in year 7 or equivalent across the UK.
The school based course is a great introduction that is suitable for staff and pupils and can be run in the school day or as a twilight after school.
Key features of the micro:bit include:
• Two programmable buttons activated when pressed. Use the micro:bit as a games controller. Pause or skip songs on a playlist.
• On-board motion detector or “accelerometer” that can detect movement and tell other devices you’re on the go. Featured actions include shake, tilt and freefall. Turn the micro:bit into a spirit level. Light it up when something is moved. Use it for motion-activated games.
• A built-in compass or “magnetometer” to sense which direction you’re facing, your movement in degrees, and where you are. Includes an in-built magnet, and can sense certain types of metal.
• Bluetooth Smart Technology to connect to the internet and interact with the world around you. Connect the micro:bit to other micro:bits, devices, kits, phones, tablets, cameras and everyday objects all around. Share creations or join forces to create multi-micro:bit masterpieces. Take a selfie. Pause a DVD or control your playlist.
• Five Input and Output (I/O) rings to connect the micro:bit to devices or sensors using crocodile clips or 4mm banana plugs. Use the micro:bit to send commands to and from the rings, to power devices like robots and motors.
Read more about the BBC Microbit project here.