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Student invents tech solution to prevent kidnapping

05 Oct 2021

In Nigeria, Marvelous created and coded an amazing tech solution to help prevent kidnapping

Marvelous was concerned with previous incidents in Africa and designed, built and tested a device that could help. The device uses a transmitter and receiver to send distress signals and alert parents to danger. The do your :bit judges loved Marvelous’s enthusiasm and desire to further improve his design.

Marvelous won the working BBC micro:bit solution category for 8 to 14-year-olds in Africa. He aimed to solve a problem related to Global Goal 4, Quality education; and Global Goal 16, Peace, justice and strong institutions.

Marvelous presents his device

The do your :bit challenge is an annual competition which sets young people the challenge to innovate and design solutions relevant to the impacts of the Global Goals that are meaningful to them.

Marvelous with his anti-kidnapping device

Marvelous with his anti-kidnapping device

I feel so happy and motivated to use technology to solve more social issues, proud of myself for not giving up on my ideas and dreams.

Marvelous, winner, working micro:bit solution category for 8 to 14-year-olds in Africa.

Children and young people innovating with technology

The do your :bit challenge adds social purpose to digital learning and allows students to apply their digital skills to real world solutions. All projects and lesson resources are available for free and entries can be submitted into two age-range categories, 8 to 14-year-olds and 15 to 18-year-olds. 8 to 14-year-olds can submit either a paper prototype or working micro:bit solution.

Read about all of this year’s winning entries.

The next do your :bit challenge opens in early 2022, you can find out more about the challenge and access Global Goals project resources and lessons here.

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