In the first module (Robotics 1A) students will learn how to use their micro:bit (a computer microprocessor used for prototyping and coding) to code using the Makecode block editor. Using the Makecode platform, they will investigate and build interactive projects and learn to understand the concepts and terminology used in Coding.
In the second course (Robotics 1B), students will learn how to use more complex features on the micro:bit, whilst doing more intricate coding in Makecode. This course focuses on sensory data and pins, like temperature, direction, acceleration, and light levels.
Robotics promotes an environment for children to think freely and creatively. Whilst brainstorming robotic concepts children will be faced with obstacles in their creation process that will encourage them to come up with solutions to overcome these challenges.
The demand for STEM-related jobs will remain strong in the future. Programmers are required in almost every field and Robotics is a valuable skill set to introduce children to a digital career pathway. Being computer literate is now mandatory in many job roles and it has become a necessity for a child’s future to learn essential computer skills.
Robotics takes a different approach to teaching children science and math concepts that would otherwise be difficult for them to understand. These concepts give children practical examples of lessons that were previously learnt from a textbook and helps promote a more hands-on learning environment.
Children learn better when they have an active interest in the subject matter. Robotics is FUN and therefore assists in promoting an environment where children want to learn.
10 weeks x 2 modules = 20 weeks
No previous knowledge is required.
A device to connect to the internet.
Access to BBC micro:bit is not mandatory but it is highly recommended for optimal learning outcomes.
Ages 10-13 years