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Design challenge

Saving sea creatures

Computer systems, Programming | MakeCode | 7-11 yrs

In the Spot the species project, students explore the wildlife in their local habitat and create a species counter using the BBC micro:bit. 

In the second activity, students learn about the illegal wildlife trade and create an anti-poaching collar using the radio function on the micro:bit. 

Learning objectives

  • To learn about the problems faced by marine creatures caused by fishing and pollution
  • To identify possible solutions to the problems
  • To learn how inputs (sensors) and outputs (light and sound) of the micro:bit can be used to design and make prototype solutions

Additional skills

Researching, prototyping, design thinking, creative thinking, problem-solving.

You will need

Downloadable resources:

  • Lesson plan
  • Lesson slides
  • HEX files

Other resources:

  • alligator / crocodile clip leads (optional)
  • colour marker pens (optional)
  • elastic bands (optional)
  • headphones (optional)
  • netting (optional)
  • paper - large sheets (optional)
  • string (optional)