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Get kick started with the BBC micro:bit

The BBC micro:bit is one of the most exciting pieces of technology to arrive in schools in a generation. This small programmable device is designed to engage students with programming and programmable hardware. If your school has registered, every Year 7 student will receive one and there are lots of resources online to support you and your students taking...

Summer fun with the BBC micro:bit

It is again the time of year that I really miss being a teacher. The well-earned summer break is a chance to relax, stock up on vitamin D and maybe spend some time thinking of the next academic year.So why not combine a little forward planning with a lot of fun, and try out some BBC micro:bit projects?The BBC Make it Digital team have done a great job in...

BBC micro:bit is coming…

The BBC micro:bit is the biggest BBC Education project in 30 years, and STEM Learning is a key educational partner. Throughout the BBC Make it Digital season we’ll be supporting teachers to make the most of this unique opportunity, which climaxes with the delivery of one million BBC micro:bit programmable devices to 11 and 12 year olds. To...

From the micro:bit to robotics: getting students excited about STEM

Sam Reid is a design and technology teacher at a school in Hampshire. He has been busy developing a variety of projects designed to get students and staff excited about STEM subjects. We chatted to him about the work he is doing to inspire teachers and students alike.My goal is to develop projects, resource packs and teacher toolkits that any teacher can...

BBC Micro:bit - this year’s best free gift for science and design and technology teachers

You may have heard of micro:bit. If not, don’t worry, you will. Arriving in the hands of every 11-12 year old in the country during the spring term, it is BBC Education’s biggest project in 30 years.The micro:bit is a tiny programmable device – a small computer. And it’s free.This is great, but why should science and design and technology teachers care?...

BBC micro:bit: this year’s best free gift for science and design and technology teachers

By Dave Gibbs, Computing and Technology Specialist, National STEM Centre You may have heard of micro:bit. If not, don’t worry, you will. Arriving in the hands of every 11-12 year old in the country during the spring term, it is BBC Education’s biggest project in 30 years. The micro:bit is a tiny programmable device – a small computer. And it’...

National Coding Week: when is the best time to move from blocks to text-based programming?

It’s day three of National Coding Week! Today focuses on when the best time is to move from blocks to text-based programming.The English curriculum for computing states that text-based programming should be tackled from age 11 but this isn’t a universal view. Ben Hall promotes early experiences with text-based languages, as Scratch doesn’t allow students to...

Science Capital: a primary perspective

At Willow Brook Primary School, we have been on a mission to raise the Science Capital of our pupils.The Science Capital concept was first developed in the ASPIRES project – a longitudinal study tracking how young people develop their science and career aspirations from the age of 10.Many experts have talked about the “secondary slump” and the challenge of...

What’s the Internet of Things and what does it have to do with my classroom?

Internet of things, IoT, smart homes and cities, machine-to-machine communications… whatever you call it, it’s big and growing fast.It is estimated that by 2020, more than 30 billion devices will connect to the internet, integrating with the physical world and sharing data.If you have a smart TV or thermostat, use a fitness monitor, touch your phone to...

How to introduce STEM competitions into design and technology

STEM competitions provide a huge opportunity for teachers and technicians to engage and enthuse students. They are fun, help students to cement new friendships, develop their CV experience and their ability to problem solve real-life challenges.The benefits are not just limited to students - as a teacher, you can trial new content with smaller groups, with...

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