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Code Breaker: Making With Micro:Bit

Explore and create
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Explore and create : Workshop

Saturday, June 22, 4:00–5:30 pm
Location: 121C

Brian Aspinall  
Digital age learning requires students to create, collaborate and think critically. Learn the basics of block-based coding with Micro:Bit and discover how coding helps students to problem solve, make mistakes and overcome barriers.

Audience: Teachers, Professional developers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Participant accounts, software and other materials:
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Maker activities and programs
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Math, Computer science
ISTE Standards: For Coaches:
Professional Development and Program Evaluation
  • Design, develop and implement technology-rich professional learning programs that model principles of adult learning and promote digital age best practices in teaching, learning and assessment.
For Education Leaders:
Equity and Citizenship Advocate
  • Ensure all students have skilled teachers who actively use technology to meet student learning needs.
For Educators:
  • Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.
Related exhibitors: Micro:bit Educational Foundation , Microsoft Corporation

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

In this session participants will explore the BBC Micro:Bit using curriculum as the driving force. The following lessons and activities will be explored:

Micro:Bit Remote Controlled Car:

Coding to Learn Probability – Rock, Paper, Scissors With Micro:Bit

Indigenous Trail Trees & Coding A Micro:Bit Compass


In this session we will code the three apps listed previously through step by step instruction. Each app will take approximately 30 minutes to complete and a copy of my book, Code Breaker, will be offered as a door prize.

Supporting research
Mindstorms by Seymour Papert

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Brian Aspinall, York University

Brian Aspinall is an educator, author of the book Code Breaker and recent recipient of the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence. Brian’s innovative, research-based approach to STEM integration focuses on building capacity and is rooted in the belief that all students succeed when we create a culture of curiosity, risk-taking and engagement.

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