Codeweek Learning Bits

Making an automaton with a micro:bit

by Pauline Maas

Using a Micro: bit, the easily programmable, pocket-sized computer, can be a fun and easy way to make interesting creations, from robots to musical instruments with your students, while at the same time teaching them how to code. It’s simple and easy to use for even the youngest programmers, while at the same time powerful enough for more advanced students. You can incorporate it in a variety of lessons from history to maths and even science. The possibilities are endless. The Micro: bit is an engaging and inexpensive way to teach students about coding while instilling crucial skills such as computational thinking, problem-solving, and creativity.

In this video, Pauline Maas, Computer Science teacher at Koninklijke Visio, will introduce the Micro: bit and give a few practical examples of how teachers can integrate it into the classroom, transforming passive students into enthusiastic creators.

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