One tiny computer,
endless creative possibilities!
The micro:bit is a hands-on tool that makes teaching code fun, easy, and accessible.
KCJ is bringing micro:bits and free micro:bit workshops to schools and educators in every province and territory across Canada.
micro:bits to give
hours of learning
This fall, KCJ will offer intro to micro:bit workshops that focus on hands-on, project-based learning centred around computational thinking. These workshops, financed by the federal government’s Cancode program, aim to equip teachers with the skills needed to integrate code into their classrooms, regardless of what subject they teach.
During the workshop, a KCJ facilitator will come to your classroom to introduce the micro:bit to you and your students, through fun and pedagogical coding activities. Along with this in-classroom support, each teacher will receive a free classroom set of 10 micro:bits to help you implement code in your teaching curriculum, with a maximum of 4 sets given per school.
This workshop is recommended for teachers of grades 3 through 7 only.
Priority is given to teachers signing up from the same school so that we can double the workshop time slots per day (one in the morning and one in the afternoon), up to a maximum of 4 workshops over 2 days.
Let us know by filling out the form below. We will contact you to plan workshops in your school district.
A micro:bit is a small programmable computer - a single board, just larger than a matchbox - primes students to explore the rich potential of physical computing.
Within a few minutes, kids can animate their name in lights using the micro:bit's distinctive LED grid. It can be used as a compass, and accelerometer, a radio, a temperature gauge, and so much more.
Go further with micro:bit! Art:bit, KCJ’s new web app, combines the interactivity of the micro:bit with the ease of animating with Scratch.DISCOVER
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The micro:bit Global Challenge is an exciting project launched by the Micro:Bit Educational Foundation, with KCJ as the official delivery partner for North America. The challenge aims to inspire young people all over the world to solve real-world problems related to health and the environment using micro:bits, while raising awareness of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (Global Goals). The North American winners will visit London on an all-expenses-paid trip to take part in a micro:bit Challenge Day with other winners from around the world!
Ages: 8 - 12
Dates: 24th Sept. 2018 - 16th Nov. 2018
“With micro:bits we can do more things in the classroom with minimal computer time. [Micro:bits] also go well with other subjects such as physics and art!”
"My mind is blown by the possibilities available with micro:bits. Our school just got funding, and this is where I want to see it go!"
In January 2018, as part of its CanCode program, the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) announced a $6 million investment in Kids Code Jeunesse. This program will enable KCJ to build and support digital skills communities for kids and educators across Canada. Through our various projects, we will empower Canadian children to become better thinkers and better creators.
Thanks to CanCode, Kids Code Jeunesse is working to make sure every Canadian teacher has the opportunity to learn to code and is encouraging all educatiors to implement code into their classroom.
Since 2016, micro:bits have dominated coding education in the UK, with 3 out of 4 teachers using them in the classroom.
9 out of 10 of students
who used micro:bits agree:
9 out of 10 teachers
8 out of 10 teachers
Experience with micro:bit increased girls willingness to take ICT/Computer Science by 70%!
Before using micro:bits:
2 out of 3 kids felt coding was not an option for them.
After trying micro:bits, this was reversed:
2 out of 3 kids felt they would continue coding.
Want to revisit what was learned in class, maybe even try some of the more advanced challenges or perhaps pick up where the workshop left off if there wasn't time to cover everything? We have them plus a few other goodies online and ready for you to use:
Troubleshooting is part and parcel when using technology, especially when devices and services need to work together. Micro:bits are no exception so here are a few of the most common issues that we have encountered along with solutions that may help you in resolving your technical problems with the micro:bit.
These have been tailored specifically towards the KCJ micro:bit in the classroom program so if you're not finding the exact answer you are looking for here, you can also try the micro:bit support page
Want your very own micro:bit? Perhaps you need a few more for the classroom or some of the children are looking to get their very own micro:bit? Or maybe you're looking to go further and explore all the possibilities to be had with the micro:bit through attachments and accessories like alligator clips and sensors? Here are a few places worth checking out!
Like all modern technologies and devices there's often new updates available that introduce new features and improves on old ones. Use the following link to get the latest update for your micro:bit and take advantage of the latest features and fixes! And there's more, we've also included is a link on how to pair you microbit over USB, just one of the advantages to having the latest firmware installed, making for easy one step, one click transfering of your code to the device!