Over the past few weeks, we've been sharing the individual modules of An Introduction to Computer Science - a curriculum of activities and lesson plans using the BBC micro:bit, developed by our partners at the Microsoft Corporation.
Written by Douglas and Mary Kiang, the twelve-week program features easy-to-follow lessons to guide students through the fundamentals of coding, problem-solving and project work.
We're now pleased to be able to share the full curriculum for you in one downloadable PDF file, taking you and your students from core principals such as algorithms and variables through to more advanced concepts such as radio functionality and sharing and storing ordered data using Arrays.
The curriculum builds to a final project that should allow the students to incorporate many of the skills they've learned along the way and build their confidence in coding and computer science.
The individual module batches for this curriculum can be found here.
- Part One - Making, Algorithms, Variables
- Part Two - Conditionals and Iteration
- Part Three - Coordinates, Booleans and Binary
- Part Four - Radio, Arrays and Developing a Final Project
You might also find our BBC micro:bit reference poster to be a valuable supplementary teaching resource in providing an overview of the device's many features and functionalities.
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.