During the 1980s the BBC Micro was the most popular school computer and helped inspire the first generation of computer programmers.  The BBC has decided to repeat this success and has given every Year 7 pupil in the UK their own mini-computer, the micro:bit.  These small devices can connect to a PC using a USB cable or to a smart phone using Bluetooth.

Year 7 students at Liskeard School and Community College have all been issued with their own micro:bit and are learning how they can program these devices.  Students are finding out how to create images and display scrolling text on the 25 LED lights, create mini-games, and utilise the on-board compass and temperature sensor. 

The programming code is created using a free website: which has many useful tutorials and activities as well as instructions to connect the micro:bit to a smart phone and ideas for converting the micro:bit into a wearable device.

At the end of term, the pupils will be bringing their micro:bit home and can continue experimenting and having fun. 

Mrs Taylor: “This is proving to be a fun and unique way to develop the programming skills of all our students”.



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Head Teacher: Mr Alex Lingard

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