TSUNAMI WARNING PROJECTS WITH MICRO:BIT
I worked alongside the teachers to plan and implement an integrated project with a year 9 class for their earthquake and tsunami unit.
The students were shown a couple of different digital tools and after brainstorming ideas, decided the BBC Micro:Bit was the best tool for the job.
After studying different warning systems used in the real world, they used the design process to create prototypes of their tsunami warnings systems that used different methods to alert the people. Some used bright lights and loud sounds, others went as far as to code their micro:bits to relay messages over distance with radio frequency.
This project was relevant, engaging and delved in to creating solutions to meet a need. It was integrated and localised and required students to fail fast, learn fast and produce an outcome for a user.
Context: Tsunami & Earthquake Warning Systems
Year levels: 9 &10
Integrated through: Science, DTHM, Maths
Tech: Micro:bit, laptops/Chromebooks
Matt Kenny facilitates PLD with teachers and students all over New Zealand. He specialises in laser cutting, 3D modelling, printing, Micro:bits and is a Minecraft Ambassador.