Proud to be a BBC micro:bit Partner

Over the last couple of months you will have no doubt heard about the BBC microbit project, which aims to get year 7 students coding. Kitronik has joined a number of partners to help the BBC deliver some of the educational resources.

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In September your colleagues in ICT will be sent a free Micro Bit for every year 7 student at your school which is theirs to keep. They will of course be using their microbit in ICT lessons to learn about coding, but they can also be used during D&T lessons.

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Whilst there will be plenty of activities that can be done with the standalone microbit we will be publishing resources showing how it can be used with conductive thread and in more advanced electronics projects. To help teachers explore the possibilities of using conductive thread with the microbit each school will be receiving a sample pack of Electro-Fashion parts in September.

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Over the next few months more information will be available on the Kitronik website as well as being included in our fortnightly emails (sign up here). In the meantime it would be good to plan in some time with your new year 7 students for the project. Keep checking back to www.kitronik.co.uk for future updates on our involvement in the campaign!

BBC Make It Digital 2015

Last month the BBC launched it’s Make it Digital campaign, a major UK-wide initiative to inspire a new generation to get creative with coding, programming and digital technology. BBC Make it Digital will capture the spirit of the BBC Micro, which helped Britain get to grips with the first wave of personal computers in the 1980s, for the digital age.

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As part of the project the BBC will be broadcasting a range of content across TV, Radio and Online, showcasing how Britain has helped shape the digital world, raise awareness among mainstream audiences on why digital matters, and inspire younger audiences to have a go and get creative with digital technologies. Viewers of well-established programmes such as Doctor Who and the One Show will be encouraged to get creative with digital and there will also be a number of new programmes produced specifically for the project.

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In addition to the inspirational programmes being broadcast on TV & radio, Make It Digital aims to encourage students in to technical careers. From this summer Make it Digital Traineeship will help up to 5,000 young unemployed people boost their digital skills and get a foot on the jobs ladder. A nine-week traineeship including training from the world-renowned BBC Academy, will teach basic digital skills, such as creating simple websites and short videos for the web; getting young people ready for work with employability skills and a work placement.

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During the autumn term, the BBC will be giving a free programmable board to all year 7 students. This compact hand held device, currently known as a microbit allows students to run their own programmes and can be quickly coded to scroll text and respond to inputs, either via a graphical interface or by code.

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Kitronik And The Microbit:

Kitronik will be working with the BBC and over 25 partners (including Arm, Microsoft and the IET) to help deliver the microbit project. Over the next few months we will be using our expertise in e-textiles and electronic kits to develop a number of example projects with resources including step by step instructions that show how to make use of the Micro Bits ‘wearable’ features. These resources will illustrate how conductive thread can be used to connect additional LEDs away from the main board. There will also be resources showing how the BBC microbit expansion connector can be used with your choice of electronic devices and to demonstrate this feature we will be producing a resource for driving motors and controlling a buggy.

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You can find more information on the BBC Make It Digital campaign at www.bbc.co.uk/makeitdigital. Keep checking back to www.kitronik.co.uk for future updates on our involvement in the campaign!

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