n May, six Year 7 students took part in the Faraday Challenge Day at Walney High School. They were given the challenge to come up with new uses of a Micro:bit that would fit into the categories of health, travel or recreation.
They then had to programme their Micro:bit and design its packaging. They were given a budget and, for a limited period, were able to buy components and stationery from the shop. They also had to prepare a presentation to showcase their designs. Marks were awarded for their presentation and team work as well as the originality of their Micro:bit.
Our team designed Micro:bits to fit into the travel category. One was a security tag that would contact the user’s phone by Bluetooth and would sound a buzzer if someone tried to open their bag. The other was a luggage tag that would display the owner’s name or a message to enable the traveller to easily identify their luggage on an airport carousel.
Our team did incredibly well, especially as two members of the team didn’t have any experience of using the micro:bit before the challenge. They worked incredibly well as a team; those with micro:bit experience showed the other students how to use them. Unfortunately, they were pipped at the post by 1 mark, but received a special prize from the challenge leader for their excellent work.