Introduction to Physical Computing with micro:bit
- Level Middle School
- Contact Hours 50
- Timeframe Quarter
The Introduction to Physical Computing with micro:bit quarter-long middle school course will utilize micro:bit devices in order to give students the opportunity to apply knowledge of basic programming concepts (control structures, variables, functions, etc.) to a physical device. They will learn how to perform basic physical tasks using LEDs, buttons, and basic sensors.
Intro to micro:bit
Students go through the basics of the micro:bit, such as how to light up and change the brightness of LEDs, and learn how variables can be used to write more versatile programs. Students will build circuits to control external LEDs with the micro:bit and explore how pseudocode can be used to structure programs from the start.
Program Control with micro:bit
Students will apply control structures, such as if/else statements and loops to create programs that will react to the outside world. They will build programs that use the built-in sensors that detect temperature, light, and acceleration, as well as external sensors, such as an ultrasonic range finder, which detects the distance from the device to nearby objects.
Students will have a chance to explore all of the capabilities of the micro:bit on their own! They will research, explore, and teach their peers about new sensors, follow directions to build an advanced device, and have a chance to create their very own micro:bit machine.
Here are a few examples of teacher resources and materials to use in the Introduction to Physical Computing with micro:bit course
Introduction to Physical Computing with micro:bit is aligned with the following standards
|Standards Framework||View Alignment|
|Alaska 6-8||View (53.8%)|
|California 6-8||View (50%)|
|CSTA 2||View (47.8%)|
|Georgia Foundations of Computer Programming||View (57.6%)|
|Maryland 6-8||View (40.9%)|
|Wyoming 6-8||View (44%)|
|New Jersey 6-8 Computer Science||View (44%)|
|Utah 6||View (42.9%)|
|Utah 7||View (75%)|
|Utah 8||View (66.7%)|
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