Technocamps Supporting BBC micro:bit – the next gen

Luke ClementEvent, News, News and Events

We’re supporting BBC’s micro:bit campaign to get young people in Wales excited about STEM.

BBC is once again launching a new micro:bit campaign following the success of the previous campaign in 2015, which saw a million micro:bit devices delivered to schools for their Year 7 pupils across the UK.

The new campaign, BBC micro:bit – the next gen, will focus on primary school pupils aged 8-11, providing 700,000 free devices. Much like the previous campaign, Technocamps will be supporting by delivering micro:bit workshops for primary schools across the country on a range of topics including sensing environmental conditions, experimenting with conductivity of materials, encouraging good health and wellbeing practices and more. There will also be Professional Learning opportunities for primary teachers on the use of micro:bits across the Areas of Learning and Experience that form the Curriculum for Wales.

Research suggests that 65% of today’s primary school children will end up working in jobs that do not currently exist. BBC micro:bit – the next gen will support primary school children and teachers in this transition to future digital careers by accelerating computational thinking, programming, digital creativity and machine learning skills.

BBC Education, Micro:bit Educational Foundation, and Nominet are partners on this project.