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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 bag alarm

Bag alarm - Developing the system

Design and Technology Computing Appropriate for children aged 11 to 14

Duration: 120 mins

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

Schools are busy environments and it is easy for learner’s bags to be left unattended, taken by mistake or even stolen. Alarm systems using embedded electronics and programmable components can be developed to protect the property of learners during the school day.

In this unit of learning, learners will research, program and develop a working school bag alarm system using the BBC micro:bit.

Activity info, teachers' notes and curriculum links

In this activity, learners will develop their programmable system using the BBC micro:bit and the device’s inbuilt accelerometer to detect movement.

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.

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Keep off that bag

Exploring how accelerometers within small devices such as the BBC micro:bit can be used to detect rapid changes in movement and set off the alarm if the bag is moved.

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  • BBC microbit and bag alarm

    Videos: 1

    Bag alarm - Starter

    Design and Technology Appropriate for children aged 11 to 14

    Type: StarterDuration: 20 mins

    Learners will carry out an analysis of an existing, commercially available personal alarm system.

  • BBC microbit and bag alarm

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    Bag alarm - Extension

    Design and Technology Computing Appropriate for children aged 11 to 14

    Type: ExtensionDuration: 30 mins

    Learners will design a fully integrated product. They will investigate and apply methods to attach their device to a piece of clothing.