Micro:bit - Using the accelerometer - Barclays Code Playground
Key Stage: Key Stage 2 Coding Language: Micro:bit Resource type: Lesson plan + teacher guide
Lots of modern devices are able to tell what position they are in using built in accelerometers to measure their precise orientation. The Micro:bit's accelerometer can be used in the same way so you can use it as a controller or a sensor to start or interrupt your program. Use these resources to help your class learn the basics of how to use the accelerometer.
Key resource information
- You will need: Laptops or desktop computers, BBC micro:bits (one per computer), https://microbit.org
Teaching assessment opportunities
- Try the first activity again – or use the step counters during a PE lesson.
- Did the micro:bits work?
- Who had the most steps on their counter after the activity?
- 45 minutes
- "I can explain what an accelerometer measures, and can code my micro:bit to use the accelerometer in a meaningful way”
- “I can design and construct models and explain my solutions.”
- “I can demonstrate a range of basic problem solving skills by building simple programs to carry out a given task, using an appropriate language.”