Monthly Archives: March 2018

Discovering The Digital World With BBC Micro:bits

Mr Cutting celebrated our school Science week in true tech style when he opened a large box full of BBC micro:bits and delivered a hands-on introductory lesson to KS2 children.

Children were taught that the micro:bit is a handheld, fully programmable computer that can be used for all sorts of amazing creations, from robots to musical instruments, the applications are limited only by your imagination!

Children enjoyed learning how to access the BBC micro:bit website to access pre-written downloadable files.  They enjoyed using one that programmed their micro:bit red LED lights to spell flashing messages!

It was fascinating to learn that the BBC micro:bit can detect motion and can even be used as a compass to tell you which direction you’re heading in!

To learn more about coding these tiny computers follow the link to the official website…

https://www.microbit.co.uk/getting-started#

A Day On The Track

Year 4 discovered a lot more about engineering when Mr Robinson took time off the track to talk about his exciting work with Formula One recently.  The children were so interested to hear about his action packed career which takes him all over the world.
Every child was invited to ask questions and offered the opportunity to look at his very special photos including the famous drivers he works with.  They also enjoyed inspecting the technical equipment that has been carefully designed to keep the drivers as safe as possible when driving at very high speed.
One of the highlights of Mr Robinson’s talk was hearing all about his team’s WORLD record breaking pit stop time of 2.05 SECONDS which earned them a prestigious place in the Guinness book of Records. A complete tyre change in the blink of an eye seems unimaginable – the class agreed this is definitely teamwork at it’s best!
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It’s great to hear from Mr Robinson and recent news from the government that there is an increasing number of Science apprenticeships on offer for young people nowadays.  More details about this work place based route into a STEM career can be found on the government’s website listed below.
The children are always very enthusiastic to hear from parents/carers with scientific careers to find out more about the appliance of Science.
Please email stem@bramblesideacademytrust.co.uk if you would like to showcase your career and inspire others.
For more information about government apprenticeships see https://www.getingofar.gov.uk/