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Micro:bit - Case studies

Case study booklets and associated video content to bring a variety of real-life applications of the micro:bit to life in your classroom

We asked 3 engineers to design a program for their micro:bit that would help them to carry out a task within their working environment or everyday life. The result is a case study booklet and associated video content for each highlighting:

  • the problem that the engineers were faced with;
  • how the micro:bit could provide the solution;
  • the code listing;
  • a link to the real code on the micro:bit website;
  • a quiz to ensure your students have understood the code and whether they would have done anything differently to overcome the same issue.

Download the booklets and videos below, and why not consider a problem that you face on a daily basis that your micro:bit could tackle. Then head to the micro:bit website and get coding!





Photo of Abbie Hutty on a Mars landscape  Acceleration test

Abbie Hutty, Spacecraft Structures Engineer at Airbus Defence and Space, uses her micro:bit to test the parachute design which one day may be used to help the ExoMars Rover reach the surface of Mars as safely and efficiently as possible.






Download the case study booklet: Acceleration test (PDF: 8MB)  

Program code: https://www.microbit.co.uk/nwwewb  





Headshot of Andrew Ellwood  Fatigue test

Mechanical Project Engineer Andrew Ellwood explains how Laing O’Rourke employees could use the micro:bit in a real-life application in order to manage the onset of fatigue whilst on construction sites and operating heavy machinery.







Download the case study booklet: Fatigue test (PDF: 8MB)  

Program code: https://www.microbit.co.uk/pqghrl  





Photo of Rob Edmunds playing canoe polo  Electronic scoreboard and game timer

The BBC micro:bit can be used in a number of real-life applications. In this video Rob Edmunds explains how he programmed his micro:bit to become an electronic scoreboard and game timer to be used during a canoe polo match. Coding the programmable device in this way allows the players to find out the score and remaining game time whilst out on the water.



Download the case study booklet: Scoreboard (PDF: 8MB)  

Program code: https://www.microbit.co.uk/lfeunw