TechMate create with Micro:Bit

TechMate is held once a term after school for girls from grade 4 – 6 to bring along a significant male in their lives to enjoy an evening of technology. This term the girls and their dads and granddads had heaps of fun learning about the fabulous little pocket-size computer, Micro:Bit. After exploring some of its capabilities with the BBC Micro:Bit website tutorials everyone got down to coding it and creating a game to play and share!! So much fun, creativity and learning!

Some examples of the way the Micro:Bit was used: as a timer and counter for players to see if they could run to collect points before the set time was up, as a heads-up game, as a dice for snakes and ladders, using A and B buttons for different LED shapes to indicate either push ups or star-jumps, as a tug-of-war game, chasing the LED and press A button when it is in the centre, selecting LED icons to tell your fortune, as a compass in a direction game to see who can stay in set area the longest. The video demonstrates the magic of the evening!

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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!