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micro:bit - Inspiring the Next Generation micro:bit | STEM Academy     As micro:bit continues to spread across the globe, more and more young people are being inspired to explore their creativity through coding and robotics. Canada-based STEM initiative Fair Chance Learning supported the students involved in an iEARN STEM-focused exchange program between the New India School in Pune, India and Wyevale Central Public School in Tiny, Canada - allowing students from both schools t ...
A nine-year old student successfully wrote a program to calculate a centuries-old mathematical sequence in a matter of seconds on the BBC micro:bit, beating out eight decades of advanced computer technology with simple modern coding skills. The Grand Digital Computer Race challenged seven computers and one calculator to find as many numbers in the Fibonacci sequence as possible within fifteen seconds. Used in mathematics for centuries, the Fibonacci sequence is a series of numbers in which each ...
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 ...
  From Sweden's world-leading startup ecosystem to Finland's vibrant telecommunications industry, the countries of the Nordic region of Europe have earned a strong reputation for consistently standing at the forefront of innovation and new digital technologies. With some of the highest rates of internet penetration and computer literacy in the world, Iceland is no exception.   Now with the help of the BBC micro:bit, the Icelandic government is hoping to take the next step to enshrine ...
The BBC micro:bit continues to spread around the world with its official Japanese launch this week at the Tokyo Maker Faire. Representatives from the BBC micro:bit foundation and Farnell element14 were in attendance at the event, which brings together makers, industry representatives and tech enthusiasts of all ages to showcase and celebrate their latest projects and innovations. Since launching in the UK in March 2016, the BBC micro:bit has enjoyed great success, with over 13 million visits to ...
  This time last year, the first batch of BBC micro:bit devices was being delivered to one million high school students across the UK. Twelve months later, the initiative continues to go from strength to strength. Already available across Europe, the device was officially launched in the USA and Canada at the ISTE Conference in San Antonio last month, with roll out in the Asia Pacific region coming in August. The device has also been incorporated into hundreds of exciting projects around t ...
Over a hectic four days, members of the element14 team have been present at the ISTE Conference in San Antonio, where the BBC micro:bit was officially launched in the USA and Canada.   The event was packed with a constant stream of interested and knowledgable students, teachers and parents, plus representatives from major global tech companies and initiatives, all showcasing their latest products and collaborations. Global educational leaders gave inspiring talks on the importance of provid ...
  The ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) conference is one of the biggest events of its kind in the world – a meeting of education and technology thought leaders, companies, teachers and students. It’s currently being held in the beautiful city of San Antonio in Texas and the Element 14 team are there supporting several products, projects and partners.   The exhibition and conference is huge with thousands of attendees and hundreds of exhibitors dis ...
  A group of Dutch students were given a crash course in programming at this year's Girlsday event in Eindhoven, Netherlands - with a little help from BBC micro:bit and the Dutch semiconductor manufacturer NXP.   On Thursday 13 April 2017, more than 10,000 girls aged between 10 and 15 were offered an introduction to various science and technology disciplines as part of 'Girlsday', an annual initiative by Dutch organisation VHTO aiming to encourage more young women to participate in ...
  Introduction  Our 10 BBC micro:bit Projects in 10 Days series introduced the incredible creative potential of this unique pocket sized computer system. But we've really only scratched the surface. Now we want to hear your ideas.   The BBC micro:bit is currently only available for sale in the UK through Farnell element14, CPC and our approved re-sellers, but we've managed to secure ten devices to give away to members of our global community. How to Enter  For your chance ...
About this project   We end our 'ten projects' series with a very simple exercise that demonstrates how to make two BBC micro:bit devices communicate with each other.   What you'll need   2 x BBC micro:bit devices 1 x Micro USB 1 x Computer or tablet 2 x AAA Batteries & Battery Holder 4 x Crocodile Clips     Project walkthrough   Go to the BBC micro:bit website, click 'create code' and begin a new Microsoft Block Editor project.   Select two 'if/do' tiles ...
https://www.microbit.co.uk/blocks/lessons/hack-your-headphones/activity About this project   In this project, students learn how to program the light sensor on the BBC micro:bit, telling the device to react to different intensities of light. By attaching the micro:bit to a speaker or a pair of headphones, students can also tell the device to play different sounds when exposed to different light intensities.   What you'll need   1 x BBC micro:bit 1 x Micro USB 1 x Computer or table ...
About this project   This project demonstrates how the BBC micro:bit's functions can be enhanced with external devices, in this case a 3V buzzer that can be programmed to act as a security alarm.   What you'll need   1 x BBC micro:bit 1 x 3V buzzer 1 x Micro USB 1 x Computer or tablet 2 x AAA Batteries & Battery Holder 2 x Crocodile Clips   Project walkthrough   Go to the BBC micro:bit website, click 'create code' and begin a new Microsoft Block Editor project.  ...