BBC micro:bit Workshop

Now booking for Spring/Summer 2018! Suitable for years 5-11 pupils (aged 9-16)!

Our BBC micro:bit Workshop has been updated for 2017.

This workshop is great for teaching coding fundamentals, and we progress from drag-and-drop coding into using a real programming language. During the workshop, we will build some fun and exciting apps and games that run on the micro:bit exposing the students to its capabilities, teaching them programming skills, and inspiring them to take coding further.

Note: Your pupils DO NOT need their own micro:bits – we bring micro:bits with us for your class to use!

The micro:bit is a handheld, fully programmable computer being given free to every Year 7 or equivalent child across the UK. You can use your BBC micro:bit for all sorts of cool creations, from robots to musical instruments – the possibilities are endless.

Give your pupils a head start with our micro:bit Workshop, designed for pupils aged 9-16 (Years 5 – 11). It’s a great workshop to give your Year 5 and Year 6 classes a head start learning an increasingly important skillset, and for Year 7-11 pupils, we have an amazing range of projects we can run to take full advantage of the micro:bit and progress their coding further!

This tiny device has 25 LED lights that can be used as a display, programmable buttons that can be used to control games, motion detectors, and a digital compass. It can use a low energy Bluetooth connection to interact with other devices – clever! Our workshops expose pupils to the world of Internet of Things devices, as they learn how to code apps and games for this small, but capable computer!

Chaos Created are working with the BBC micro:bit, coding up apps to run on the device, along with producing tutorials for the BBC/Microsoft.

We can come into your school and teach your pupils about the BBC micro:bit, making some super fun apps and games with them during a day-long workshop. We’ll introduce them to the Block Editor and TouchDevelop, the coding languages that the micro:bit uses, and teach them the fundamentals of coding.

We’ll build, with them, some super-fun projects…

Projects

Here are just a few projects we'll build with your pupils...

Virtual Pets

We’ll teach your pupils how to make a Tamagotchi-style virtual pet. This a great project for teaching game logic, as they’ll learn how to create systems for making the pet hungry or thirsty, and they’ll learn how to code the buttons to feed and water the pet.

Fitness Device

We will show your pupils how to program the micro:bit and turn it into a fitness device. We’ll show them how to use the accelerometer to record daily steps, building in step-goals and daily achievements.

Camera

Using Bluetooth, we can teach pupils how to write code that connects to other devices. One of our projects involves writing code that makes the micro:bit act as a remote shutter button for a mobile phone’s camera.

Games

Our game projects teach programing logic. We’ll build Pong-type games, showing pupils how to create scoring functions, detect collisions and more. Everything in this project applies to non-micro:bit game creation, inspiring your pupils to take coding further.

Each school that books a coding workshop with us receives the source code after the workshop, allowing them to continue working with the BBC micro:bit.

We also provide support materials to help your pupils take their coding further, and we can also offer follow-up sessions too.

In addition to providing you with follow-up lesson plans, and the source code for projects we create during our workshops, we can also provide Skype-based follow-up support, which is a super-cool and fun way for your pupils to stay engaged with coding and a great way for us to check-in and see how your pupils are doing and help them take coding further!

We run our BBC micro:bit Workshop with pupils from Year 5 Primary School classes, right the way up to GCSE Secondary School classes. In this workshop, we use TouchDevelop, JavaScript and C# which are real-world programming languages used for app and games development which gives pupils a real advantage when it comes to Computer Science and Computer Skills.

Our Coding Workshops…
Introduction to Coding Workshop for Years 2, 3, and 4 (aged 6 – 9)
Coding Games Workshop for Years 4 – 11 (aged 8 – 16)
BBC micro:bit Workshop for Years 5 – 11 (aged 9 – 16)

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