ArticleMicroBitFeb2016cOn Tuesday, Sharples played host to this term’s Bolton CAS Hub meeting. CAS (Computing At School) is a national community aimed at promoting Computing as a subject and supporting teachers in developing their knowledge and skills. Teachers from a number of schools in Bolton and beyond attended the session. We were pleased to welcome Lynne Blair from Lancaster University who brought with her a set of BBC Microbits. These small devices are handheld, fully programmable computers and will be given free to every Year 7 child across the UK. It’s 70 times smaller and 18 times faster than the original BBC Micro computers used in schools in the early 1980s.

For many of the teachers present, this was the first opportunity to get their hands on a Microbit and all were suitably impressed at the many features of this tiny device. It includes an accelerometer, compass, bluetooth connectivity and much more.

We expect our Microbits to be received by Easter and we will be using them in lessons in the summer term. We will also have lunchtime clubs with the aim of extending pupils’ understanding into the world of physical computing. Anyone wanting a headstart can visit the official website at www.microbit.co.uk to find out more and get coding!