Using micro:bits to collect data in school surveys CL014 / E01

Start date
3 Jun 24
90 Minutes
The Priory Federation of Academies trust, Clayton Road, Lincoln LN5 8RE View on Google Map


The micro: bit can be used in the primary classroom to develop the use of technology in collecting, analysing, and presenting data. Exploring activities linked to data collection, will enable you to use micro:bits within your school to support computing and the wider curriculum.

You will find out how to use micro:bits in your school to collect data through curriculum linked activities including: comparing surface temperatures, investigating biodiversity, measuring areas, and tracking physical activity.

This course will support you in joining in the BBC micro:bit playground survey. This is a national survey carried out by primary schools using their micro:bits to understand how data may be used to find out about the world. Carrying out the playground survey will support the primary certificate as part of an engaging enrichment activity.

Your local computing hub can provide a loanable micro:bit kit enabling you to implement activities using this device in your classroom.

Who is it for?

This course is aimed at primary teachers and subject leaders of computing in primary schools.

How will you learn?

Hands-on experiential learning with the collaborative support of your peers, led by an experienced Professional Development Leader. The course will model teaching approaches that can be taken back to the classroom.

How long is this course?

This course consists of a single 90-minute session.

Who is the course leader?


By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Use micro: bits in surveys and data collection activities within the school environment
  • Use the BBC micro:bit playground survey resources within your classroom to participate in the playground survey
  • Understand the benefits of teaching data aspects of computing, through the use of the micro:bit
  • Know how STEM Ambassadors can support micro: bit activities within your school


1 Using micro:bits to collect data in school surveys03 June 202412:20-13:50The Priory Federation of Academies trust

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Additional information

For courses at the National STEM Learning Centre in York, fees include meals and accommodation for the duration of the course. 


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