Amy Hearn is a development librarian, runs Hudderfield Girl Geeks meetup and is one of the people who started #microbitsinlibraries, thus she was the perfect person to introduce us to the idea.
Some takeaways from the talk:
- 90% of children said the micro:bit showed them anyone can code
- After trying micro:bit, 39% of girls said they would choose computing, compared to 23% before trying micro:bit
- Micro:bits are being lent in 1200 libraries in the UK and over the world.
- Micro:bit lending attracted new people to join the libraries – reached new audiences
- Coding for under 5’s exists – you can teach functional skills that would make a better coder later. A few toy examples:
You can view the talk here:
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