Term 6 – Physical Computing

This term, you will be revisiting the world of the micro-controller, and looking at creating your own devices and tech.  We’ll be using the BBC Microbit once more, but unlocking more of its true potential as a way of making your ideas come alive…

Lesson 1 -Microbits: A Refresher

Learning Outcomes Objectives: Must Understand what microcontrollers are, and why they’re used. Should Remember how to set up and use a microbit Could Re-familiarise ourselves with the micro:python interface Keywords Words to learn for this lesson are: Micro-controller, Arduino, ARM, Maker’s revolution Starter Look at some of this video: All the tech in this video […]

Lesson 2 – Loops and lights

Learning Outcomes Objectives: Must Create python lists to represent the the LED Matrix on the micro:bit Should Make an image flash on the micro:bit using a simple loop Could Add a control variable to the loop to make the lights dim progressively Keywords Words to learn for this lesson are: Loop, Iteration, LED Matrix, control […]

Lesson 3 – Selection and Inputs

Learning Outcomes Objectives: Must Store input values from the BBC Micro:bit (Buttons, sensors etc…) Should Use if statements to create branching programs based on input values. Could Create a thermometer program that gives a warning  based on certain values… Keywords Words to learn for this lesson are: Sensors, Thermometer, Input, Selection, Nested If… If/else Starter […]

Lesson 4 – Communication

Learning Outcomes Objectives: Must Grasp the basics of communication in python on the Micro:bit platform. Should Edit a program to communicate via bluetooth with the micro:bit platform. Could Complete the micro:bit morse code program. Keywords Words to learn for this lesson are: Starter These two videos will start you off with some background on the […]

Lesson 5 – Microbit fitbit

Learning Outcomes Objectives: Must Should Could Keywords Words to learn for this lesson are: Starter Main Plenary Homework

Lesson 6 – Electric Lock

Learning Outcomes Objectives: Must Should Could Keywords Words to learn for this lesson are: Starter Main Plenary Homework

Lesson 7 – Assessment

Learning Outcomes Objectives: Must Should Could Keywords Words to learn for this lesson are: Starter Main Plenary Homework