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Pupils create ‘healthy micro:bit’

06 Oct 2021

Brodie, Charley and Zoey in Scotland created a paper prototype for ‘The healthy micro:bit’

This device reminds you to go outside for some fresh air and vitamin D every 90 minutes. The solution records how long you have been outside and suggests activities you could take part in such as running or looking at nature. The do your :bit judges felt the ‘healthy micro:bit’ provided real help for activity levels and mental health.

Brodie, Charley and Zoey won the paper prototype category for 8 to 14-year-olds in Europe. They aimed to solve a problem related to Global Goal 3 Good health & well-being. The students took part in the Connecting Classrooms project, a British Council programme, and connected with students in Nepal.

Brodie, Charley and Zoey display their plans

Brodie, Charley and Zoey display their plans

The do your :bit challenge is an annual competition which sets young people the challenge to innovate and design solutions relevant to the impacts of the Global Goals that are meaningful to them.

In lockdown, we wanted people to get outside again. The news was all doom and gloom with coronavirus and people dying, and people were inside feeling stressed and anxious. We wanted people to go outside and appreciate nature and get some exercise.

Brodie, Charley and Zoey, winners, the paper prototype category for 8 to 14-year-olds in Europe

Children and young people innovating with technology

The do your :bit challenge adds social purpose to digital learning and allows students to apply their digital skills to real world solutions. All projects and lesson resources are available for free and entries can be submitted into two age-range categories, 8 to 14-year-olds and 15 to 18-year-olds. 8 to 14-year-olds can submit either a paper prototype or working micro:bit solution.

Read about all of this year’s winning entries.

The next do your :bit challenge opens in early 2022, you can find out more about the challenge and access Global Goals project resources and lessons here.

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