Experience Workshop’s BBC micro:bit program in Finland and in Hungary

Thanks for the generous support of BBC micro:bit Foundation, in the framework of the KIDS INSPIRING KIDS IN STEAM project, Experience Workshop’s Finnish and Hungarian division have received a great number of BBC micro:bits, which will hopefully inspire a new generation to start coding. If you are interested to have Experience Workshop’s BBC micro:bit program started in your school in Finland or in Hungary, please contact us at info@experienceworkshop.org

The micro:bit itself is a small circuit board, which kids can program via a web-based interface to do many things, including flashing up numbers, letters and scrolling messages on the LEDs. Plus, since there’s a built-in accelerometer and compass, it can detect movement and tell which way it’s pointing.

You can use your BBC micro:bit for all sorts of cool creations, from robots to musical instruments – the possibilities are endless. This little device has an awful lot of features, like 25 red LED lights that can flash messages. There are two programmable buttons that can be used to control games or pause and skip songs on a playlist. Your BBC micro:bit can detect motion and tell you which direction you’re heading in, and it can use a low energy Bluetooth connection to interact with other devices and the Internet – clever!

The micro:bit is an educational and creative tool to inspire a new generation of young people. It can be used across the curriculum, not just in STEM subjects. It can help give young people the knowledge and skills to move from being consumers of digital information, to being designers and creators of new tools to enhance learning, to solve problems or just to have fun, enabling them to make the most of 21st Century life and the economy.

Experience Workshop Student Teams’ first projects from Finland:

Joonatan Kuosmanen’s BBC micro:bit chess clock invention (Jyväskylä Christian School, Finland) 

Teemu Koivisto’s digital dice (Jyväskylä Christian School, Finland)

Links:

BBC micro:bit homepage

BBC micro:bit homepage in Finnish

KIKS Micro:bit collaboration wiki

Materials:

Family guide to micro-bit

First steps with microbits for control and physical computing

Cross-curricular STEM activities with microbits

Bloodhounds and micro-bits

Credits:

Thanks to Adrian Oldknow, Tony Houghton, Philip Meitner, Philip Moffitt, Ákos Vecsei, Jukka Sinnemäki, Merja Sinnemäki, Leena Kuorikoski, Mirka Havinga, BBC micro:bit Foundation and Kitronik for making this happen!

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