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British Science Week: Free ‘Fun, Funky and Fruity ‘Micro:bit workshops and download for schools: Registration now OPEN

British Science Week: Free ‘Fun, Funky and Fruity ‘Micro:bit workshops and download for schools: Registration now OPEN


Posted on: February 2, 2018

Primary school teachers looking for free, innovative computing classes and fun activities to run during British Science Week (9-18 March 2018) need look no further than ComputerXplorers, the UK’s leading technology education specialist.

Micro:bit is the 2018 focus for the ComputerXplorers Programming for Primaries awareness campaign which runs each year during the March British Science Week.
The initiative supports British Science Week and over the years Programme for Primaries has received support from Microsoft, CAS (Computing at School) who promote and support excellence in computer science education and other education/technology based companies.

The number of free workshops on offer is limited so early registration at www.computerxplorers.co.uk is advised.

ComputerXplorers is offering primary schools in England and Scotland a free two hour ‘Jukebox Joy’ workshop delivered by specialist ComputerXplorers teachers during British Science Week. Geared towards pupils in KS2 or P3-7, children will learn how to create a fruit jukebox using the Java Script Blocks editor and the Micro:bit, turning headphones into mini speakers and programming the Micro:bit to recognise a piece of fruit as the button to turn on the music.

Ten year old Matthew with his microbit jukebox controlled by fruit

For teachers wanting to run their own micro:bit class, ComputerXplorers has written a special downloadable FREE activity sheet called ‘light up your world’ – which can be downloaded direct from the ComputerXplorers website at www.computerxplorers.co.uk . The clear step by step guide sets out how to create a light sensor using JavaScript Blocks Editor. Children will programme their micro:bits to display different images depending on the level of the light source.

The two hour workshops and activity sheet are aligned with British Science Week’s core goals. Their aim is to provide an entertaining and engaging activity that enhances children’s interest in science, technology, engineering and maths. The in-school workshops don’t simply teach skills, but stimulate children to stretch their abilities and try new things.

Nigel Toplis, managing director of ComputerXplorers says micro:bit is an excellent tool for empowering primary school children to become ‘digital creators’. “Our micro:bit workshops really engage children and inspire them to take their skills to the next level,” he explains. “We find that after a quick introduction to the programming language they are keen to dive in and get going on creating their own jukeboxes. The fruit control is a bit of fun but more importantly, this experience of programming sets them on a path to engage positively with technology throughout their education.”

ComputerXplorers’ Programming for Primaries has been running for five years and this is the third time it has been held in conjunction with British Science Week. To date, more than 1,500 children and 100 teachers have benefitted from free workshops and CPD sessions offered as part of the initiative.

For more information visit www.computerxplorers.co.uk


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