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Year 7 Get Coding with Free Microbits

Posted on 27/06/2016

Year 7 have received their free Microbit devices as part of a government initiative to get more people coding. We have spent a couple of lessons experimenting with them, so everyone knows how to use them safely. During that time we created several games on the devices such as Rock Paper Scissors and Truth or Dare

The website www.microbit.co.uk is the place to go for project ideas, tutorials and all things microbit. There is plenty of information for parents as well as students. We will be running some projects next year where will be asking pupils to bring in their microbits to use in a lesson.

Microbit 27.06.16

From the Microbit website:

You can use your BBC micro:bit for all sorts of cool creations, from robots to musical instruments – the possibilities are endless. The micro:bit is a handheld, fully programmable computer being given free to every Year 7 or equivalent child across the UK. It’s 70 times smaller and 18 times faster than the original BBC Micro computers used in schools in the early 1980s.

This little device has an awful lot of features, like 25 red LED lights that can flash messages. There are two programmable buttons that can be used to control games or pause and skip songs on a playlist. Your BBC micro:bit can detect motion and tell you which direction you’re heading in, and it can use a low energy Bluetooth connection to interact with other devices and the Internet – clever!”

Check out what your child can do, and why not have a go at coding yourself. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Mr Keegan

Head of Computing

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