UN Sustainable Development Goals & the Micro:Bit

Engaging students with the United Nation’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals using the Micro:Bit was successful and fun when games were created. Each student selected a course to follow in GROK Learning (Virtual Pet or Sport + Python) to be introduced to Python coding.

After understanding the basic format and syntax of writing Python the girls were able to code the Micro:bit to be integrated into a game that younger students could play while becoming familiar with the SDG’s. Task sheet

The girls researched to understand the 17 goals and in teams decided which goal or goals they were most interested in to share and create a game for younger students to play. Unfortunately due to COVID-19 restrictions prevented our younger students visiting and playing the games ….but a number of staff, including the Principal, visited and gave the girls an audience!

I’m always so inspired by the creativity and ideas students share. The girls used the Micro:Bit as controllers, dice, timers and monitors of skills. Below are videos of some the games:

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Jackie Child
Jackie Child has been teaching primary aged students for 40 years in a number of countries. She is passionate about how children learn through constructivist pedagogy. She is a Teacher Librarian at St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School and a sessional tutor at Griffith University for pre-service teachers. Jackie doesn’t believe in standing still, there is always plenty to ‘do’ and learn!

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