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Newark element14 recently teamed up with TechGirlz - a nonprofit organisation dedicated to reducing the gender gap in technology industries - to provide middle school students in Chicago with a hands-on introduction to basic coding. Hosted at two Microsoft stores in Northbridge and Shaumburg, the TechGirlz workshops used the BBC micro:bit to teach students how to create simple programs incorporating sensors, lights and displays. All the participants were given their own micro:bit device to keep ...
Students from Wimbledon High School had the opportunity to showcase their programming skills this month when they took part in Microsoft's 'Hack The Classroom' event, featuring the BBC micro:bit.   Provided with micro:bit devices, sensors and a selection of additional components, students from years 10 and 11 of the all-girls independent school were given free reign to come up with a working device on the theme of road safety, using learning tools developed by Microsoft in association wit ...
Singapore has become the latest country to join the micro:bit revolution, with the country's Ministry of Education supporting a national campaign to roll out more than 100,000 of the devices in a bid to nurture a new generation of digital makers.   The Digital Maker Programme is a two-year initiative developed by the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), running from April 2017 to March 2019. Singapore schools that enroll on the programme can select the level are granted the opport ...
  Many of you who have been following me over the years knows that Halloween is my favorite holiday of the year, and that I always build a project or two for Element14. This year I decided to mix things up a little bit and build two separate projects. For this first project I wanted to do something simple that a family could sit down and put together over the course of a weekend. As you can imagine, that presented a challenge in that this project had to be quick and simple, yet challenging ...