Barefoot meets the Micro:bit – Barefoot, Computing at School has teamed up with Micro:bit and created two new resources for teachers to use in schools.
A recent email sent from Barefoot Computing at school to its subscribers:
“Barefoot is excited to announce that for our latest set of resources we’ve teamed up with the Micro:bit Educational Foundation to create two ‘Barefoot meets the micro:bit’ activities!
With summer on the way, both activities have an outdoors theme making cross-curricular links to science, so why not download them now and take your computing outdoors this term!?
Our first, ‘Wildlife Animations’, is for pupils aged 7 – 9 years. In these lessons, pupils create simple animations on the micro:bit’s LED display inspired by nature. Pupils also complete unplugged activities to explore how their programs are transferred to the micro:bit and how a simple animation can be created using two static images.
We also have ‘Litter Hunt’ for pupils aged 9 – 11 years. In these lessons, pupils learn about the role of variables in storing data and convert their micro:bit into a litter counting device. They then go on their own litter hunt around school, counting how much litter they find and how much of it is recyclable.” (Barefoot Computing)
There is a complete range of support videos to help teachers use the materials in schools, they are an ideal introduction if both teachers and pupils are just beginning to use micro:bits in school. If your school does not have any micro:bits this free online simulator or this free online simulator could be used to complete the lessons. The simulators run online and so are easily accessed on PCs, laptops, or tablets.