As a key manufacturing partner of the BBC micro:bit project, Farnell element14 has been working with a number of industry-leading companies to help promote and support this ambitious educational initiative around the world.
By now, over one million BBC micro:bit devices have been distributed to schools across the UK, in addition to tens of thousands that have been adopted in countries such as Singapore, Iceland and Croatia. Our partners at the Microsoft Corporation recently developed an introductory curriculum to help teachers to provide a hands-on, project based program of activities for coding and computer science.
We are now able to share the first part of this twelve-week curriculum, written by Douglas and Mary Kiang. These easy-to-follow initial lesson plans introduce the micro:bit as a piece of hardware, the basic concepts of coding and writing algorithms, plus the use of variables to store data and run basic mathematical operations. We hope you will find it useful in your teaching. Parts 4-12 of the program will follow in the coming days.