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Code Along: Micro:bit Random Generator

For Teachers of Grades 6-9 Students

Join Science World educators and teachers across BC for weekly sessions about STEAM learning and teaching. These sessions are typically attended by teachers looking for their own individualised learning opportunities and consist of teachers from a variety of school districts.

About this Event

STEAM: science, technology, engineering, art & design, and math

Code-Along sessions focus on helping educators to develop confidence using a particular coding platform. We guide you through a step-by-step grade-appropriate activity (as if you were the student) to showcase a fun way you could use the platform with your students.

In this session, we will code a random generator on the micro:bit. You can view an example here. By exploring lists, different inputs, conditional statements, and random numbers we will code our micro:bit to randomly select and show options from pre-populated lists. Here are some example topics:

  • Boredom buster: randomly select an activity to do, how long , where to, or who with
  • Story prompts: randomly select settings, characters, conflicts, or even objects that can be used as writing prompts
  • Historical research: randomly select a location and historical time period to research
  • Boggle: randomly select letters to build words
  • Mental math: randomly select numbers and mathematical operations that can be used to strengthen mental math skills

You do not need a physical micro:bit to attend the session; all session participants will receive a micro:bit V2.0 following the session.

Please join the session on a computer to make use of all the features.

This session is intended as a professional development opportunity for educators. We will be hosting it on Zoom. Meeting details will be emailed 2 hours prior to the event.

This program is a part of Tech-Up, Science World's initiative to enhance existing programs to include coding and computational thinking.