Lessons aimed at pupils aged 9-11. Pupils use buttons and sensors on the micro:bit to make different images display, are introduced to the concept of variables, and create a device that records details of litter that can be recycled in the local area. You will need to use physical micro:bits and battery packs for these lessons.
The unit comprises two lessons of approximately 60 minutes each:
- Discovering sensors and buttons by coding a game
- Use variables to code a device for counting different types of litter
These lessons are provided by Barefoot, a UK-based organisation that provides computing resources to primary schools.
- I can explain what the buttons and sensors on the micro:bit do
- I can program sensors and buttons using the MakeCode editor
- I can store data with variables using the MakeCode editor
- I can design a counting device using the micro:bit
- I can program a counting device using the MakeCode editor
- I can use a counting device to record data
Collaboration, evaluation, presenting, problem-solving.
You will need
- Lesson slides
- Lesson plan
- Student handouts
- bin bags (optional)
- litter picker (optional)
- micro:bit battery packs
- rubber gloves (optional)
- timers / stopwatches