Tinkering and MakingBy Diogo da Silva
Jobs and workplaces are changing and education is following in their footsteps. When preparing students for 21st century careers, new skills such as tinkering, making and hacking become essential, as they narrow the gap between school and reality. By transforming the classroom into a collaborative environment that focuses on problem-solving, students are able to engage and thrive. These activities promote discussion, thus allowing the classroom to become a communication hub, where every contribution is important.
Have a look at the video below, where Portuguese STEAM teacher Diogo da Silva, a member of Escola Global, takes you step by step through developing a lesson that has your students tinker, make and hack their way to a solution.
Ready to share what you learnt with your students?
Choose one of the lesson plans below and organize an activity with your students.
- Activity 1 – Time gates: measuring speed with micro:bit
- Activity 2 – Building a conductivity-based game using BBC micro:bit
- Activity 3 – Building a smart luminaire using micro:bit
Do not forget to add your activity to the Code Week Map!
You can easily organize a lesson in your classroom, an open day, or an event at your school. Just find a date and register your activity in the Code Week map. Each activity organizer will get a certificate of participation for their effort.
If you would like to connect with an international group of enthusiastic teachers, join the EU Code Week Facebook group for teachers! To take a step further and collaborate with other schools in your country or across borders – join the Code Week 4 All challenge.