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Design challenge

Being active

Computational thinking, Computer systems, Design & technology, Digital arts, Global Goals, Physical education, Programming | MakeCode | 7-11 yrs, 11-14 yrs

Activity 1

Fitness friend


In this activity, students learn about the importance of regular activity then create a simple wearable device to give regular reminders to exercise.

Learning objectives

  • To understand the importance of regular exercise to help prevent heart disease
  • To write an algorithm for a 'Fitness friend' device to remind someone to exercise
  • To program, create and test a 'Fitness friend' device using the BBC micro:bit

You will need

Downloadable resources:

  • Lesson plan
  • Lesson slides
  • HEX files
    • basic
    • more complex start stop

Other resources:

Paper - large sheets, MakeCode editor, micro:bits, micro:bit battery packs (optional)

Lesson plan