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Computer progamming is child's play for Bishop's Stortford primary pupils

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Summercroft students learn programming (7812501)
Summercroft students learn programming (7812501)

Pupils at Summercroft school in Bishop’s Stortford played rock, paper, scissors for British Science Week.

Along with fellow primary pupils from Hatfield Heath, they programmed micro:bit mini-computers to play the traditional game in workshops delivered by technology education specialist ComputerXplorers.

Year 5 and 6 children aged 9 to 11 used Javascript coding blocks to programme micro:bit LEDs to light up with a rock, paper or scissors image. An image was activated at random every time the device was shaken three times to stimulate the start of the game.

Andrew Green ran the session free of charge as part of ComputerXplorers’ annual Programming for Primaries initiative in conjunction with British Science Week.

The micro:bit is a tiny, programmable computer designed to make coding easy and fun for beginners. After a short introduction to the technology, the children quickly got to grips with it, and once they had programmed their micro:bits, they attached them to wrist straps to play the game against each other.

Mr Green said: “British Science Week encourages people of all ages to engage with science, technology, engineering and maths, and it was great to help two local schools get involved.

“Our rock, paper, scissors workshop is especially popular with children because it’s so competitive and interactive. They use important coding skills while having lots of fun, and we believe it provides a great foundation for future learning.”

For more information on ComputerXplorers, visit https://cambridgeandchelmsford.computerxplorers.co.uk/.

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