In IT Year 6 have been very excited to start programming using Micro:Bits. Micro:Bits are very small computers with LED screens, a variety of input sensors and Bluetooth radios, which can be programmed using a scratch-like set of commands on a normal desktop. These programmes can then be tested / emulated on the computer before being uploaded to a Micro:Bit device using a cable.
So using the Micro:Bits the children have programmed and designed such devices as:
Computer random number generators
A step counter
A compass / Direction Finder
It has been an exciting challenge to work with some new technology and use a variety of inputs / outputs / conditions / variables / logic in their coding to achieve the various problems that have been set for them. One child commented that: “It’s like learning a whole new language!”
This style of coding will be something the children will certainly build upon when they encounter computing at secondary school.