Design a prototype step counter

Use the BBC micro:bit programmable system to create a working prototype

This is one of a series of resources to support the use of the BBC micro:bit in Design and Technology lessons.

Walking is an excellent form of exercise that most people can take part in. The average person walks 3000-4000 steps per day. The National Health Service in the UK has set a challenge for each person to walk 10,000 steps per day. This can be counted using a step counter or stepometer.

In this unit of learning, learners will integrate a BBC micro:bit based programmable system into a complete and commercially viable step counter product, that will aid people taking part in this challenge.

Activity info, teachers' notes and curriculum links

In this activity, learners will integrate a BBC micro:bit based programmable system into a working product prototype.

The activity sheet includes teachers' notes, useful web links, and links (where appropriate) to the national curriculum in each of the four devolved nations; England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Video

Count those steps - Exploring how the BBC micro:bit can be used to count the number of steps you take to make sure you are reaching your daily goal!

Watch at IET.tv

Downloads

  • Activity overview - Design a prototype step counter activity description, teachers' notes and curriculum links
  • Presentation - Developing the product prototype using the BBC micro:bit
  • Handout - Manufacturing the product - student handout with example program
  • Hex programming file - Example programming file using the JavaScript Blocks editor
  • Py programming file - Example programming file using the Python editor
Download all the above