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Using micro:bits to collect data in school surveys

CP014 Face to face course

Explore how to use the micro:bit device to collect data through surveys which can be carried out in your school

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Physical Computing Kit Computing Key stage 2 Teach primary computing certificate
Face to face course 90 minutes

  • Stoke-on-Trent 28 June 10:30—28 June 2024
  • Lincoln 1 October 14:00—1 October 2024

The micro: bit can be used in the primary classroom to develop the use of technology in collecting, analysing, and presenting data. Exploring activities linked to data collection, will enable you to use micro:bits within your school to support computing and the wider curriculum.

You will find out how to use micro:bits in your school to collect data through curriculum linked activities including: comparing surface temperatures, investigating biodiversity, measuring areas, and tracking physical activity.

This course will support you in joining in the BBC micro:bit playground survey. This is a national survey carried out by primary schools using their micro:bits to understand how data may be used to find out about the world. Carrying out the playground survey will support the primary certificate as part of an engaging enrichment activity.

Your local computing hub can provide a loanable micro:bit kit enabling you to implement activities using this device in your classroom.

Who is it for?

This course is aimed at primary teachers and subject leaders of computing in primary schools.

How long is this course?

This course consists of a single 90-minute session.

How will you learn?

Hands-on experiential learning with the collaborative support of your peers, led by an experienced Professional Development Leader. The course will model teaching approaches that can be taken back to the classroom.


By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Use micro: bits in surveys and data collection activities within the school environment
  • Use the BBC micro:bit playground survey resources within your classroom to participate in the playground survey
  • Understand the benefits of teaching data aspects of computing, through the use of the micro:bit
  • Know how STEM Ambassadors can support micro: bit activities within your school

This course is part of Teach primary computing

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Our nationally recognised qualification will support you to demonstrate your commitment to developing your own practice and to computing as a school subject.

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