Adventures with micro:bit – Part Two

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Today at Code Club, we used the ‘Roll the Dice’ code to create a micro:bit number generator. If you gently shook the micro:bit it displayed a different number. When we first coded the micro:bit we asked it to display random numbers between 1 and 6 but the children quickly wanted to explore what would happen if they used larger numbers. They did this using the online simulator and the micro:bits themselves.

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The best part about coding with micro:bits is that we are all learning together and that can only be a good thing.

Code Club runs after school on Thursdays.

Adventures with micro:bit – Part One

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Success! It works!

Take fourteen 7 – 11 year olds, 30 computers, 1 white board, 8 micro:bits, put them all together and make some magic. This is what happened when Code Club at Fox Hill Primary ran its first session using the new mini computers. The kids watched two introductory videos and set off building their first coding project using the Code Kingdoms web environment.
Let’s take a step back however, and explore just what a micro:bit is. Measuring just 4cm by 5cm, the micro:bit is a tiny computer that kids can use to code and create projects. The micro:bit initiative is part of the BBC’s educational campaign for 2015/16 to help a new generation be creative with science, technology, engineering and maths. The kids do not see it this way though and enjoy the pure fun that can be had with micro:bits.
Computer showing micro:bit programming
Our mission this session was to make an interactive badge. Using simple drag and drop coding, the children were able to create the code, test it and compile it so it could be transferred on to the micro:bit. Surprisingly, this was done relatively quickly and the kids were easily able to see the results of their labour straight away. The wonderful thing about the micro:bit is that it is a striped down device and it is intended to be used for tinkering before children move onto more advanced technologies like the Raspberry Pi. However, with so many diverse uses and projects already created, I believe the micro:bit is so accessible that it could revolutionise how children explore coding and that can only have a positive impact for the future.

 

Code Club runs after school on Thursdays.