Get Kids Coding! Farnell Element14 begin shipping 65,000 micro:bit boards to Danish schools

11 October 2018

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The three-year ‘ultra:bit’ programme will use the micro:bit in the classroom to help transform Danish Year 4 students – from passive technology consumers to digital pioneers.

With an overarching theme of ‘Children, Creativity and Technology’, the programme includes a broad variety of TV productions targeting children, as well as teacher training, classroom resources, a series of roadshows and even a children’s drama based around the micro:bit.

Supplied with support from the Danish Industry Foundation, Industriens Fond, in collaboration with the country’s Centre for Learning Materials, CFU Denmark, the micro:bit boards will be used to develop the students’ understanding of technology and stimulate their digital creativity.

Said Jonathan Smith, head of education at Premier Farnell and Farnell Element14: “Programmes like this are essential if we are to break the cycle of ‘ready-made’ technology and prepare a generation of students for a working economy that will value skills, such as computational thinking, problem solving and creativity more than ever before.

“Working with devices such as the micro:bit, an activity we describe as physical computing allows students to venture into the real world with complex problem solving based around technology, and takes them from being mere consumers of technology to become creative thinkers – capable of developing brand new dynamic solutions.”

For more information, visit Farnell Element14’s newsroom; or visit our previous 'Get Kids Coding!' installments.

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