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Girl outlines tech solution for anxiety

15 Oct 2021

Indiana in Australia wanted to help her family members who struggled with severe anxiety and came up with the idea of the ‘Total relax: massage box’

The proposal involves using two BBC micro:bits: one that is worn and another that controls the box. The wearable micro:bit measures your heart rate and blood pressure and lets you know when it might be a good time to use the Total relax.

The box includes motorised hand massagers, calming sounds and music, and soothing LED lights.

This creative idea is the winning entry in the 2021 8 to 14-year-old category for Asia and Pacific. It aimed to solve an issue related to Global Goal 3, Good health and well-being.

Indiana with her design

Indiana with her design

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.

I feel very proud of myself for winning the do your :bit challenge and I am very inspired to continue learning about more things I can do with the micro:bit.

Indiana, winner 2021, 8 to 14-year-old category for Asia and Pacific.

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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