7th September 2018

SI pupils enjoyed their introduction to Micro Bit in Computing earlier this week. Micro Bit is a tiny programmable computer designed by the BBC for use in computer education in the UK.

The device is half the size of a credit card and is powered by a tiny processor with a small amount of on-board memory. The device contains accelerometer and magnetometer sensors, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, a display consisting of 25 Led’s, two programmable buttons and can be powered by either a USB cable or an external battery pack.

Initially students will learn to program the Micro Bit using a JavaScript block editor, a similar experience to the Scratch environment studied in Transitus computing. Later in the session students will be given the opportunity to code using JavaScript and Micro Python, both text based languages. Pupils will also learn how to attach the Micro Bit to external components using the Micro Bit inventor kit. This will give students the opportunity to create up to 10 projects using the components provided in the kit.

The PA are delighted to support this initiative and provide funding towards the Micro Bits.

“We are keen for the School to evolve its support of computing across the year groups and look forward to seeing some of the completed projects.” – Ian Downie, Chair, Parents’ Association.

St Columba's Micro Bit

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