JavaScript Blocks and micro:bit 200 project kicks off in Japan

Teachers in Japan are gearing up for the introduction of the country’s new coding curriculum, which is set to begin in 2019. The curriculum will make coding a compulsory part of primary education, and aims to develop a new generation of digital innovators to drive Japan’s technology solutions of the future.

To support this exciting development, Windows Digital Lifestyle Consortium – a trade association promoting digital innovation – and the government’s Future Learning Consortium have launched the JavaScript Blocks and micro:bit 200 project. The project will provide up to 200 primary schools with kits comprising micro:bits and lesson plans based on Microsoft’s JavaScript blocks editor.

The free resources will be made available to schools that want to kickstart their coding ahead of the curriculum change. While 30 months’ worth of practical lesson plans will be provided, schools can also contribute their own ideas or lesson plans which will be added to the database of resources. Each participating school will be given 20 free micro:bits to get them started.

The first school to take up the challenge was the Chiba University Affiliated Elementary School, who made a micro:bit-powered light!

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