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.
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.
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
- 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 MakeCode editor
- Py programming file - Example programming file using the Python editor