The computing department have recently received delivery of 60 BBC micro:bits for all Year 7s. This past year the BBC have started to push coding and computer education through their Make it Digital project.
The micro:bit is similar to the Raspberry Pi, but is designed to be an entry level product for children that don't have any previous experience, or even interest, in coding.
It has 25 red LED lights, and pupils can code it so text or designs are projected onto the lights, displaying messages. It also has Bluetooth capability, edge connectors, an accelerometer, a built-in compass, and a magnetometer.
The micro:bit can be programmed to become anything from a game to a smart watch or fitness tracker. It can be connected to other devices like a television, to sensors and even computers, such as the Raspberry Pi and Arduino.
The students will be taught how to use them in class and will take them home to code over the summer.
Pictured are students from 7NCP with the recent delivery of the BBC micro:bit.
ICT Subject Leader