Edinburgh Centre for Robotics at BBC micro:bit Live Lesson

Last Wednesday 24th February, Professor Sethu Vijayakumar and PhD students, Alexander Enoch (Edinburgh) and Iris Kyranou (Heriot Watt) were live on BBC micro:bit Live Lesson at 11-11.45am . Professor Sethu Vijayakumar gave an insight of the Valkyrie robot that arrived in Edinburgh last Monday 29th February 2016. Alexander Enoch and Iris Kyranou demoed some of the robots that are part of the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics Robotarium East, such as the prosthetic hand.

Micro:bit is a UK-wide BBC  initiative which aimed to inspire a new generation with digital technology. It combines a personal coding device with BBC Learning Lessons supported by television programmes and online activity involving the BBC’s Doctor Who, Eastenders, Radio 1, The One Show, Children in Need and BBC Weather:

“The micro:bit is a handheld, fully programmable computer being given free to every Year 7 or equivalent child across the UK. It’s 70 times smaller and 18 times faster than the original BBC Micro computers used in schools in the early 1980s. You can use your BBC micro:bit for all sorts of cool creations, from robots to musical instruments – the possibilities are endless.”

There is a website where participants can write code and see how it would play back on a BBC micro:bit online simulator, plus guides and resources for teachers and parents. Wednesday’s Live Lesson encouraged Key Stage 3/3rd Level students to get creative, programming and making their own digital creations in school and at home.

If you missed the Live Lesson, you can replay it at the BBC iPlayer website. The Edinburgh Centre for Robotics features from minute 23:00.

Useful links

BBC micro:bit Live Lesson - Presenters and guests

BBC micro:bit Live Lessons website

BBC Micro:bit website

BBC iPlayer