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Design challenge

Helping plants grow

Computer systems, Design & technology, Global Goals, Networks | MakeCode | 11-14 yrs, 14-16 yrs

Activity 1

Tree protector


Use the micro:bit’s radio functionality to make prototype sensors to protect forests by sending alerts when trees are being illegally cut down. Learn about how in the real world, sensors are connected through gateways to the internet.

Learning objectives

  • Understand what the Global Goals are
  • Understand what goal 15 is and its significance
  • Understand the basics of IoT
  • Produce an IoT ‘tree protector’ product to meet the success criteria
  • Develop the product further with additional features

You will need

Downloadable resources:

  • Lesson plan
  • Lesson slides
  • Student handouts
    • Activity sheet
    • IPO worksheet (Word)
    • IPO worksheet (PDF)
  • HEX files
    • Example code for the tree node
    • Example code for the gateway authorities

Other resources:

Cardboard tubes (optional), cardboard - scrap (optional), elastic bands (optional), string (optional), tissue paper (optional), glue (optional), sticky tape (optional)

Arm School Program

These projects are contributed by the Arm School Program

Lesson plan