The school were delighted to welcome Sean Connolly from Sentinus into school to work with some of our Year 10 Technology students. The focus of his visit was to provide a Microbit workshop, a programme offered by Sentinus. Through participation in the workshop, the students were able to develop important employability and STEM skills. With a focus on practical experience and problem based learning, the workshop provided pupils with the opportunity to program the BBC Microbit.
The Microbit is half the size of a credit card and has a wide range of both inputs and outputs incorporated into its design. It includes an accelerometer and magnetometer sensors, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, a display consisting of 25 LEDs, two programmable buttons, and can be powered by either USB or an external battery pack. Pupils were given a range of tasks to complete which helped support subject learning and promote the development of a range of skills and capabilities including problem solving, creativity, working with others and managing information. The pupils really enjoyed the experience and we hope that it has given them a real insight into the value of STEM subjects.