Coding with the BBC micro:bit

Miss Smart & the diamond thief
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Miss Smart owns a very large diamond which she keeps in a safe with a programmable alarm, sensors and lights. She has heard that a gang of thieves are planning to steal the diamond and she must write some computer programs to stop them. Working in pairs your pupils take on the role of programmers, learning how to write code to stop the thieves from stealing the diamond. After some initial exercises your class are encouraged to use their imagination to develop their own solutions to stop the intruders.

The aims of the workshop are to:

  • provide a stimulating and practical activity, suitable for all abilities, which compliments learning in school.
  • learn to program the BBC micro:bit computer using block code
  • introduce flow diagrams, sequencing and binary concepts
  • develop logical thinking, analytical and problem solving skills
  • improve team working and communication skills providing an opportunity to use imagination and creativity

This workshop works best in a classroom.
IT suite not needed as we bring all resources

Curriculum links

Computing

Design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems. Solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts. Use sequence, selection and repetition in program. Work with variables and various forms of input and output.

English

Speaking and listening. Describing.

Years

5 & 6
Cost:

A whole day: 2 x 2 1/4 hours approx. sessions/workshops at £380 per day
Morning only: 1 x 2 1/4 hours approx. sessions/workshops at £255 per morning
All materials and equipment provided. Maximum class numbers = 30 pupils



Helpers:

Teacher supervision only, although parents with an interest/skill in programming are welcome.
This workshop is only suitable for Year 5 pupils from the spring term onwards.