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Unit of work

Electrical conductors

Computational thinking, Computer systems, Design & technology, Programming, Sciences | MakeCode | 7-11 yrs

Lesson 4

Making a conductivity tester


Pupils learn how to use the BBC micro:bit’s pins as inputs. They plan, write, test and debug MakeCode programs to use micro:bits to test the electrical conductivity of materials.

Learning objectives

  • To plan, write, test and debug programs
  • To write programs that use selection
  • To write programs that use inputs and output

You will need

Downloadable resources:

  • Lesson plan
  • Lesson slides
  • Student handouts
  • HEX files
    • How do I show the output
    • pin inputs
    • pin support

Other resources:

MakeCode editor, micro:bits, alligator / crocodile clip leads, kitchen foil (optional), scissors (optional), pencils (optional), coins (optional), felt cloth (optional), erasers (optional), pencil sharpeners (optional)

Lesson plan