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Subject key:

  • Science
  • Design & Technology
  • Engineering
  • Maths
  • Computing

Student age:

  • 11-14
  • 11-14
  • 11-14
  • 14-16
  • 16+
BBC microbit and heart rate monitor

Heart rate monitor - Attaching the device to clothing

Design and Technology Computing Appropriate for children aged 11 to 14

Type: ExtensionDuration: 30 mins

This is one of a series of resources to support the use of the BBC micro:bit in Design and Technology lessons.

There are many reasons to monitor heart rate. For example:

- There are 2.7 million people in the UK currently suffering from heart problems. The quicker these problems can be found and treated the better the chance of a full recovery.

- Athletes measure their heart rate during training to ensure that they are training in their optimum physical range.

In this unit, learners will use the BBC micro:bit to develop a prototype for a personal heart monitoring system. 

Activity info, teachers' notes and curriculum links

In this activity, learners will design a fully integrated product. They will investigate and apply methods of attaching their device to a piece of clothing.

The activity sheet includes teachers' notes, useful web links, and links (where appropriate) to the national curriculum in each of the four devolved nations; England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

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All activity sheets and supporting resources are free to download, and all the documents are fully editable, so you can tailor them to your students' and your schools' needs.

Related resources

Videos

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Heart rate monitor

Exploring how the accelerometer function within the BBC micro:bit can be used to measure your heart rate. 

Podcasts, games & quizzes

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Connected health

Podcast produced by Fun Kids Radio as part of the Techno Mum series.

Related activities

  • BBC microbit and heart rate monitor

    Videos: 1

    Heart rate monitor - Starter

    Science Design and Technology Appropriate for children aged 11 to 14

    Type: StarterDuration: 10 mins

    Learners will discuss the social effects of good and bad personal health management and the potential benefits that programmable systems can bring to this.

  • BBC microbit and heart rate monitor

    Videos: 1

    Heart rate monitor - Main

    Design and Technology Computing Appropriate for children aged 11 to 14

    Duration: 120 mins

    Learners will develop their programmable system using the BBC micro:bit’s inbuilt accelerometer to detect motion created by the pumping of the heart.