Micro:bit in space CY228

Learn how to use the micro:bit in the context of space to improve understanding in science and computing.


Summary

Learn how to use this sensor-equipped and easy-to-program device to improve understanding in science and computing.

The micro:bit was the biggest BBC Education project in 30 years, and involved up to a million of these credit-card sized devices being given out to 11 and 12 year olds across the UK. They are now cheaply available and are proving popular from primary schools through to sixth forms.

Using the engaging context of space this course makes use of the range of physical sensors contained in the micro:bit. You will utilise the substantial science capability of the micro:bit using the popular and accessible environments used to program the device. The provided activities, linked to the science and computing curriculums, will challenge children to demonstrate their understanding in novel and stimulating ways.

The sessions are linked to astronaut training using contexts including:

  • eyesight and the importance of fast reactions
  • how to grow plants in space to supply long-duration space missions
  • states of matter on earth and on space through the particle model
  • the acceleration felt by astronauts during launch and re-entry and the difference between acceleration and velocity which is a common area of student misunderstanding

You will also have the opportunity to explore other links between science and computing using the micro:bit.

Outcomes

You will be able to:

  • learn the fundamentals, including how to program the micro:bit using block-based and textual programming languages
  • successfully manage the micro:bit in your classroom, and learn how to manage the work of your students
  • develop ways to engage students with science by approaching topics from the perspective of computing
  • take away basic kit to help you get started right away

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