A Bag for Juliane Overview Page
In this more advanced activity, students create a prototype of a bag for Juliane, a refugee from Zimbabwe to help her feel safe and ‘be safe, be seen’ when she is walking to school in the dark.
- Computing: Computational thinking: algorithms, decomposition, abstraction, logical thinking, input devices, output devices, programming, iteration, loops, selection, variables, testing, debugging, evaluation, designing, creating, user needs, creating effective presentations
- Art and Design: drawing and craft
- Science: Day and Night / Sensors
- Design & technology: Product design
- Citizenship: Respect, road safety, communities
- PSHE: understanding others, mental health and wellbeing
- Geography: understanding the world, sustainability
- Literacy: see adaptation
Empathy, creative thinking, problem solving, team working, presenting
It is assumed students have first completed the safety challenge introductory lesson and are completing this activity as an example resource to help increase their understanding before creating their own safety innovation for the global challenge.
Experience of computational thinking, especially algorithms, and programming using iteration, selection and variables is assumed, though extra time can be allocated where necessary, or you may prefer to use the Night Sensor or Flashing Wheels resources.
In this more advanced activity, students create a prototype of a bag for Juliane, a refugee from Zimbabwe to help her feel safe and ‘be safe, be seen’ when she is walking to school in the dark. The example given uses micro:bit’s accelerometer and light sensor, students learn core computational thinking and product design concepts and use pseudocode, flowcharts, iteration, loops, selection and variables.
Although the example focuses on Juliane’s story, a refugee from Zimbabwe, if you prefer, you could easily adapt this resource for students to create a bag for a fictional character’s journey (e.g. getting students to create a backpack for Lyra in Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials or Roald Dahl’s James in James and The Giant Peach).
Time: 3 lessons of 60 minutes
Code: MakeCode editor