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Unit of work

Health tech

Computational thinking, Design & technology, Sciences | MakeCode | 11-14 yrs

Lessons summary

In this series of 5-6 lessons aimed at pupils in the first year of secondary school (KS3 Year 7 in England), students learn about 'health tech', the use of technology to improve health. They develop and apply their knowledge and understanding of computational thinking and real-life problem-solving by working in teams to create their own prototype health tech innovation.

The lesson sequence includes:

  1. Research health issues and technology
  2. Brainstorm health tech innovation ideas
  3. Innovation prototyping
  4. Prototyping & preparing presentations
  5. Health tech prototypes showcase (can run over two lessons)

Learning objectives

  • understand and apply the fundamental principles & concepts of computer science.
  • gain practical experience of writing computer programs to solve problems.
  • evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies analytically to solve problems
  • be responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.

Additional skills

Problem-solving, collaboration, critical thinking, creative thinking, prototyping, presenting, researching.

You will need

Downloadable resources:

  • Lesson plan
  • Lesson slides
  • Student handouts
  • HEX files

Other resources:

  • paper - large sheets
  • pens
  • student work from previous lesson
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