The Micro:bit Educational Foundation recently donated BBC micro:bits to support work by Team4Tech - a nonprofit that leverages the skills of technology professionals to advance education in underserved communities worldwide.
In 2018, Team4Tech ran projects with schools, teachers and students in Bulgaria, Rwanda and Montana, USA that provided training workshops on micro:bit. Dawn Kwan, Team4Tech Program Director, said: "Bringing micro:bit helped to bring coding to life for the teachers and students in these communities"
Read on to learn a little more about each of the projects...
Sofia, Bulgaria – April 2018
After training, 43 teachers from throughout Bulgaria were so excited to begin their own CoderDojo club that 40 new ones were started across 35 towns!
micro:bit workshop with students from Telerik Academy in Sofia, Bulgaria
Montana, USA – August 2018
Employees from VMware embarked on a 3-month project called ‘Good Gigs Trek’. They developed workshops to help equip teachers to integrate technology into their classes and learn valuable leadership skills.
micro:bit was requested by the Havre Public Schools leadership to help bring creativity, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking skills to students. Through engaging hands-on workshops, 67 teachers and 78 students learned how to create a step counter, a rock paper scissors game and more.
‘Good Gigs Trekkers’ assist the students learning micro:bit.
Gashora, Rwanda – December 2018
The Academy is an upper-secondary boarding school for 270 girls, located an hour south of the capital city of Kigali. Their vision for students is that they graduate as inspired young leaders filled with confidence and a sense of economic empowerment to strengthen their communities and foster Rwanda’s growth.
Dawn Kwan worked with Cloudera to introduce micro:bit to 41 teachers who came from schools all around Rwanda. The workshops led to all the teachers wanting to fill out a micro:bit Donation Request forms so they can continue teaching with it at their respective schools. Students caught on with the projects very quickly, going through six in an hour including the flashing heart, digital name badge and several more.
Grade 12 Gashora Girls discovering micro:bit