Category Archives: BBC micro:bit

#TheFeed – MIEE Report: It starts with an iDEA, by Graeme Lawrie

The following post features in the Jan/Feb 2017 issue of #TheFeed, our online magazine bringing you the best stories from Microsoft Showcase Schools and #MIEExperts, thought leadership, and news from the Microsoft in Education team. This piece is written by Graeme Lawrie, Director of Innovation and Outreach at Sevenoaks School, and explores the digital initiative iDEA, which is a national project that hosts a series of online challenges and events allowing the users to win career enhancing badges, unlock new opportunities and, ultimately, gain nationally recognised awards.Visit the author's original post

Computer Science in the Classroom – Get Coding with BBC micro:bit through Twilight Sessions

The following post is written by Microsoft Teacher Ambassador Natalie Burgess. If you’d like to join a BBC micro:bit Twilight Session near Renfrewshire, please follow the registration link at the bottom of this post.

Tuesday 7th February marked the beginning of three Twilight Sessions for teachers across Renfrewshire and Central Scotland to gain confidence and skills when teaching Code in the classroom, using the BBC micro:bit. This event was put together in collaboration between Microsoft, West College Scotland, Paisley YMCA and Renfrewshire Council.… Visit the author's original post

Microsoft in Education: Upcoming Webinars and On-Demand Content

This year, Microsoft in Education are laying on a variety of different webinars of a diverse series of topics, all hosted by teachers and experts from all over the UK. They are all free to join, so register for as many as you’d like, and learn new tricks and trips to apply in your classroom! Don’t worry if you can’t make the live session at the time, as all of our webinars are being recorded, and will be  available on demand afterwards.Visit the author's original post

#MIEExpert-led Webinars – December 2016 Schedule

With festive-themed adverts from high street shops and household name brands appearing across television, radio, billboards, social media, and every other conceivable medium, there’s no denying that it’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas… But there’s still plenty of teaching and learning to be done before everyone takes a well-earned break over the holidays!

As well as the obvious treats of the season, December brings with it more MIEExpert webinars!

So regardless of whether you’ve been naughty or nice this year, all are welcome and encouraged to register for any and all of the sessions below.… Visit the author's original post

BLOODHOUND Race for the Line competition – deadline extended

Great news for anyone who has yet to enter the Race For the Line rocket car challenge – the application deadline for this fantastic STEM initiative has been extended to 30th November.

Apply now at

Register your school for Free rocket Car Kits and take part in this awesome competition to design and build the fastest model rocket car in the UK!

Inspired by the rules governing the World Land Speed Record attempt that the 1,000mph BLOODHOUND Supersonic Car is targeting, the model rocket cars must blast along a wire and through a set of timing gates with a BBC micro:bit accelerometer on board gathering vital data that enables the Teams to modify and improve their designs.

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Teacher Ambassador Report: Coding @ CoderDojo, Paisley YMCA

Since joining the Microsoft Education UK team, our Teacher Ambassador Natalie Burgess has been one busy bee! You may have already read her introductory guide to the Microsoft Educator Community, her report from West College Scotland IT Symposium, or even seen her fantastic Tip-ster videos and Facebook Live posts on our social media channels!

Back again with another blog for us, Natalie reflects on the CoderDojo event she took part in on Monday, in her native Paisley, Scotland.

Follow Natalie on Twitter: @natalielochhead


Earlier this week I was invited along to an awesome club in the Paisley YMCA called CoderDojo.… Visit the author's original post

Guest Post: TouchDevelop at Brookfield School with #MIEExpert David Renton

The following is a guest post written by John Pritchett, Head of Computer Science at Brookfield School, Chesterfield, and reflects on their recent coding workshop with #MIEExpert David Renton, during which the students experienced TouchDevelop and the BBC micro:bit.

You can now purchase the BBC micro:bit through the Microsoft store.


Recently a group of Year 10 Computer Science students and I attended the Game Britannia event at Sheffield Hallam University.  My students and I attended a workshop run by David Renton demonstrating TouchDevelop and Spriter. … Visit the author's original post

BBC micro:bit news – Owning your own ‘satellite’ just moved a step closer

Since the BBC micro:bit has been arriving in schools up and down the country, students and teachers have been embarking upon a huge range of STEM projects and coding activities inspired by the small, pocket-sized codeable computer with motion detection, a built-in compass and Bluetooth technology.

The following article was originally posted on the Microsoft News Centre UK on June 8th 2016.

Owning your own ‘satellite’ just moved a step closer

A new experiment is set to be launched that could lead to the general public creating their own satellites.… Visit the author's original post

BBC micro:bit: pocket-sized codeable computer available to all

The following post originally appeared on the Microsoft UK News Centre, announcing the availability of the BBC micro:bit in the Microsoft Store.

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A mini-computer that UK schoolchildren have turned into watches, stepometers and musical instruments has now been released for general sale across the country.

The BBC micro:bit, which has been handed to 800,000 youngsters across the UK free of charge, can now be bought online.

It is hoped the fully programmable device will get more children involved in coding and computer science, which was added to the national curriculum in 2014.… Visit the author's original post

Students build 64mph rocket car in Bloodhound inspired BBC micro:bit project

Earlier this month saw the launch of the Race for the Line BBC micro:bit Rocket Car Competition – a nationwide challenge in which teams of 11 to 16 year olds will design and build foam rocket cars before pitching them against each other in head-to-head races.

The competition is a joint venture between Microsoft and the Bloodhound Engineering Project, aiming to get more children thinking about and excited by science and computing. To mark the official launch of the Race for the Line BBC micro:bit Rocket Car Competition, technical experts from Microsoft, the British Army and the Bloodhound Engineering Project visited Kennett Secondary in Thatcham to help the students there build and race their own rocket cars!… Visit the author's original post

Satya Nadella visits Eastlea Community School to see how students are using the BBC micro:bit


Last week during Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's visit to the UK for Future Decoded, he paid a visit to Eastlea Community School to meet with staff and students and see how they have been inspired into coding and creativity by the BBC micro:bit.

Speaking on the day, he said:

“I hope for sure that it becomes a worldwide phenomena – where the product, but more importantly the ingenuity that I saw today in the kids that I met today, is the thing that I think will become worldwide in terms of really inspiring every kid to get out there and learn coding and to express themselves in ways that are so, so creative”

Joining Satya was the BBC's Director General, Lord Tony Hall, and as well as impressing both with their computational thinking and programming, the students at Eastlea turned their hand to broadcast journalism by creating the following video as part of the BBC News School Report:

But the fun didn't end there for the students, as later that day they travelled to Future Decoded where they took up residence of the Microsoft in Education stand to demonstrate to the other attendees how they had used TouchDevelop to program their BBC micro:bits to be able to do all sorts of innovative and wonderful things.… Visit the author's original post