What is the “do your :bit” challenge – do your :bit is a new global micro:bit challenge for children and teens being run by the micro:bit foundation. The challenge is designed to test your imagination, allow you to combine creativity and technology to come up with solutions for the Global Goals. The micro:bit foundation is offering 6 winners, or a representative from the winning team, from regions across the world will win a trip to London, UK, to take part in an exciting do your :bit event and receive a selection of micro:bit goodies from their Community Partners.
The “do your :bit” challenge is designed to bring focus to UN Global Goals 14 and 15. The challenge is designed to get kids from around the world to focus on coming up with innovative ways to use their micro:bits to help protect life on land and below water.
In 2015, world leaders agreed to 17 goals for a better world by 2030. These goals have the power to end poverty, fight inequality and address the urgency of climate change. Guided by the goals, it is now up to all of us, governments, businesses, civil society and the general public to work together to build a better future for everyone. Read more about the UN Global Goals here – <GlobalGoals.org>. Read more about UN Global Goals 14, 15 here.
- Introduction to Global Goals
- Global Goal 14 – Protect life below water
- Global Goal 15 – Protect life on land
The “do your :bit” challenge is a great opportunity for kids, parents, teachers, volunteers to get together, put on their thinking hats and get making and creating for a good cause.
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- If you are looking for projects, tutorials to get started with your BBC micro:bit learning journey then head over to – here. The micro:bit foundation’s do your :bit challenge is accepting entries and closes on the 28th of February 2020.
Head over to the do your :bit challenge website and sign up now – <do your :bit website>.
What is the BBC Micro:bit : The BBC MicroBit (also referred to as BBC micro:bit) is an open source hardware ARM-based embedded system designed by the BBC for use in computer education in the UK. The BBC micro:bit was first announced on the launch of BBC’s Make It Digital campaign on 12 March 2015 with the intent of delivering 1 million devices to pupils in the UK. Here’s some of what’s packed into micro:bit –
- The micro:bit is half the size of a credit card and has an ARM Cortex-M0 processor
- The micro:bit comes along with an accelerometer and magnetometer sensors
- The micro:bit offers Bluetooth and USB connectivity
- Also embedded into the micro:bit front face is a display consisting of 25 LEDs and two programmable buttons
The micro:bit can be powered by either USB or an external battery pack. The device inputs and outputs are through five ring connectors that form part of a larger 23-pin edge connector. As a pocket-sized computer the BBC micro:bit is approximately 70 times smaller and 18 times faster than the original BBC Micro computers used in schools. It has 25 red LED lights that can flash eye catching messages and be used to create challenging games. The two programmable buttons on the micro:bit can be used to control games or pause and skip songs on a playlist. The accelerometer on the micro:bit can detect motion and knows when you’re on the move so you can use it to create a pedometer or even an interactive game that detects motion. The built-in compass knows which direction you’re heading in and it can use a low energy Bluetooth connection to interact with other devices and the Internet.
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