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You’re invited to… Do Your Bit: Hackathon
We are hosting a Do Your Bit: Hackathon as part of the global micro:bit challenge which launches in September, led by Micro:bit Educational Foundation and supported by British Council. This event is for Lambeth residents only and those eligible for sponsored places at our events. Check if you are eligible for sponsored places here.
What can you expect at Do Your Bit: Hackathon?
Children will be challenged to find a creative solution to real-world issues around two of the UN’s sustainable development goals – number 14 ‘Life Below Water’ and number 15 ‘Life On Land’. They will be using micro:bit to do this, a tiny programmable computer! See all the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals here.
They’ll explore creative invention through micro-computing, which can be used to create everything from robots to musical instruments. They’ll design, build and programme their own projects in response to sustainable development goals 14 and 15. Have a look at some of the devices that the winners of the last Global Goals challenge created – like the impressive team of friends in Croatia that won the micro:bit Global Challenge for Europe for their Spine:bit creation. It was designed to prevent bad posture and reduce posture-related injuries!
Once children at the event have got to grips with coding their micro:bit, they’ll start the creative process of prototyping their ideas in a specially designed space and using materials like motors, servos, lights and sensors as well as arts and crafts and their creativity!
The workshop is designed for all abilities and allows children with previous experience of micro:bit to work on more complicated projects. Although this is a global competition, the main aim of the game is to have fun whilst learning.
At the end of the event, they’ll have the choice to enter their ideas into the Do Your: Bit global competition.
When and where is Do Your Bit: Hackathon?
Saturday 14 September, 10:00am – 4:00pm, at the Imagination Lab. At 3:30pm there will be a show and tell session where children will demo and share their prototypes and get feedback.
Who is Do Your Bit: Hackathon for and how much does it cost?
Do Your Bit: Hackathon is a free event, for Lambeth residents and those eligible for sponsored places at our events only. Check if you are eligible for sponsored places here.
It is ideal for children aged 8-14. Parents or carers may drop their children off, as this is a drop-off event. Children aged 12 and over may attend independently. If you are not a Lambeth resident or eligible for sponsored places, check out our other events here.
This event is being delivered in partnership with the British Council, who are supporting the annual micro:bit challenge do your :bit. For more on the British Council’s work with the micro:bit see here.
About British Council
The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We work with over 100 countries in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Last year we reached over 80 million people directly and 791 million people overall including online, broadcasts and publications. We make a positive contribution to the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust. Founded in 1934 we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body. We receive 15 percent core funding grant from the UK government. www.britishcouncil.org