Session 210

Title: The Micro:bit STEM revolution

Presenter: Sam Nelson, Matt Cartwright and Steve Clayton – Southern Cross School of Distance Education

Type: Practical

Duration: 60 mins

Overview: Why a Micro:bit? It is the first major STEM project developed by the BBC since they produced the MicroBee educational computer in the 1990s. The micro:bit is totally designed for student use and can be programmed using both beginner and advanced languages. The Micro:bit is a STEM innovation tool and can be used for robotics and product development, as well as experimental design. What makes Micro:bits different? Instead of being a school based STEM decision,Micro:bits are being implemented at a national level globally by the world’s leading educational countries. What you will get from this workshop? Participants will leave with the skills, knowledge and resources to immediately implement a STEM program in K-12. This workshop has been run successfully in 2017 for students, teachers and leaders across NSW.

Target Audience: K – 12 Teachers & Executive, School Leaders and Rural and Remote

Requirements: Participants- BYOD that has a USB port. Half an hour Scratch experience is handy. Resources are online so internet access is essential.