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Design challenge

Saving sea creatures

Computer systems, Global Goals, Programming | MakeCode | 7-11 yrs

Activity 1

Light-up fishing nets


Learn about the problem of bycatch (unwanted fish and other marine creatures trapped by commercial fishing nets), the impact of it and potential solutions, before creating a prototype light-up fishing net using micro:bit.

Learning objectives

  • To learn about the problem of ‘bycatch’ and its impact on marine ecosystems
  • To identify possible solutions to the problem
  • To learn how inputs (sensors) and outputs (light and sound) of the micro:bit can be used to design and make prototype solutions

You will need

Downloadable resources:

  • Lesson plan
  • Lesson slides
  • HEX file

Other resources:

Netting (optional), elastic bands (optional), string (optional), headphones (optional), alligator / crocodile clip leads (optional)

Lesson plan