In the ever-evolving landscape of technology, one device is emerging as the future of robotics education for early grade schools: the micro:bit.
Micro:bit, an easy to use, pocket-sized computer, is revolutionizing the way children engage with robotics. Its simplicity and accessibility make it a perfect starting point for early grade school students to explore the fascinating world of coding and robotics. The device is equipped with built-in microphone, speaker, motion sensors, touch sensor, buttons, an LED matrix, and a built in radio chip allowing kids to create interactive projects right out of the box. Yes, you’ve heard it right. The micro:bit board is more than enough to use without any accessories. Furthermore, with its intuitive block-based coding environment, young learners can easily program their micro:bit to send light hearts, create games, or bring their imaginative ideas to life.
Image from Micro:bit Educational Foundation’s Youtube Account.
What sets micro:bit apart from other microcontrollers, such as Arduino, is its suitability for young learners. micro:bit offers a gentle learning curve, enabling children to grasp fundamental coding concepts without feeling overwhelmed. The visual programming interface Microsoft MakeCode, combined with the device's engaging features, makes coding a fun and interactive experience. Unlike Arduino, which requires additional components and complex wiring, Micro:bit offers an all-in-one solution, simplifying the setup process and allowing kids to focus more on unleashing their creativity.
The versatility of micro:bit extends beyond coding. With the help of add-on modules and accessories, young robotic enthusiasts can expand the capabilities of their micro:bit projects. From servo motors to sensors, these extensions enable students to delve deeper into the realms of robotics and engineering.
( Servo motor and Ultrasonic sensor )
Micro:bit's impact goes beyond the classroom walls. The affordability and portability of the device make it accessible to a wide range of students. With micro:bit in hand, young learners can continue their coding and robotics adventures at home, sparking their curiosity and fostering independent learning. This empowers children to take ownership of their education and discover their passion for technology from an early age.
Purchase your own micro:bit device for as low as P999.00
Looking ahead in the future of the Robo-fun world, it is clear that micro:bit will play a pivotal role in shaping the future of robotics education in the Philippines. By embracing micro: bit, early grade schools can provide their students with an accessible and engaging platform to develop critical thinking, problem-solving, and computational skills. Robo-fun with micro:bit is just the beginning of a transformative educational experience that empowers young learners to shape the world through the wonders of technology.