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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 lightbulb

Automatic Lighting - Developing the programmable system

Design and Technology Computing Appropriate for children aged 11 to 14

Type: MainDuration: 120 mins

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

People are always looking for ways to save energy. It is estimated that the average UK homeowner could save up to £240 a year alone on the cost of lighting their home.

In this unit of learning, learners will use the BBC micro:bit to develop a prototype for an LED based automatic home lighting system, designed to save energy.

Activity info, teachers' notes and curriculum links

In this activity, learners will develop their programmable lighting system using the BBC micro:bit.

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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Saving lighting energy

Exploring how the BBC micro:bit sensors can be used to help reduce the overall amount of energy that we use.

Podcasts, games & quizzes

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Lighting

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

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Smart lighting

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

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    Learners will extend their understanding of input and output devices used in the system and consolidate their learning.

  • BBC microbit and lightbulb

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    Automatic Lighting - Extension

    Science Design and Technology Appropriate for children aged 11 to 14

    Type: ExtensionDuration: 20 mins

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