Classroom ideas: Micro:bit Environmental Measurement (visual and general-purpose programming) (Years 5-8)

Investigating environmental data with Micro:bits: This tutorial shows the coding needed for digital solutions of some environmental issues that can be created using pseudocode and visual programming. It can also be created using general-purpose programming.

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Year band(s) 5-6, 7-8
Content type Lesson ideas
Format Document
Core and overarching concepts Algorithms, Implementation (programming), Specification (decomposing problems), Impact and interactions, Computational thinking
Australian Curriculum Digital Technologies code(s)

Investigate the main internal components of common digital systems and their function


Examine how digital systems form networks to transmit data


Design algorithms involving multiple alternatives (branching) and iteration


Design a user interface for a digital system


Implement algorithms as visual programs involving control structures, variables and input


Investigate how data is transmitted and secured in wired and wireless networks including the internet


Define and decompose real-world problems with design criteria and by creating user stories


Implement, modify and debug programs involving control structures and functions in a general-purpose programming language


Evaluate existing and student solutions against the design criteria, user stories and possible future impact

Technologies & Programming Language​s Electronic programming boards
Keywords Data collection, data representation, data interpretation, DTiF, dtif, DTIF, ACARA, microbit, micro:bit, environment, digital solution, general purpose programming, visual programming, programming
Integrated, cross-curriculum, special needs Literacy, Digital Literacy, Numeracy

Australian Government Department of Education and Training


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