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Design challenge

Saving sea creatures

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

Lessons summary

In the Light-up fishing nets activity, students learn about the problem of bycatch and potential solutions, before creating a prototype light-up fishing net using micro:bit.

In Sea safe turtles students discover about sea turtles before creating a prototype sea turtle-safe beach light using the micro:bit’s LEDs.

Learning objectives

  • to learn about the problems faced by marine creatures caused by fishing and pollution
  • to identify possible solutions to the problems
  • to learn how inputs (sensors) and outputs (light and sound) of the micro:bit can be used to design and make prototype solutions
  • are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology

Additional skills

Researching, prototyping, design thinking, creative thinking, problem-solving.

You will need

Downloadable resources:

  • Lesson plan
  • Lesson slides
  • HEX files

Other resources:

  • alligator / crocodile clip leads (optional)
  • colour marker pens (optional)
  • elastic bands (optional)
  • headphones (optional)
  • netting (optional)
  • paper - large sheets (optional)
  • string (optional)