Micro:bit - Using the radio function - Barclays Code Playground

 Key Stage: Key Stage 2  Coding Language: Micro:bit  Resource type: Lesson plan + teacher guide

Resource overview

One of the Micro:bit's features allows the devices to communicate with each other through radio signals. Use these resources to introduce this function to the class and challenge them to find creative ways of using the radio.

  • Key resource information

    • 1. You will need: Laptops or desktop computers, BBC micro:bits (one per computer), https://microbit.org, At least one set of walkie-talkies and a basic radio (digital or FM/AM is fine) or an online radio feed
  • Teaching assessment opportunities

    • Have the children play out the activity from the lesson
    • Swap over roles so that the students get a go at both. Remember to re-programme the micro:bit
  • Lesson length

    • 45 minutes


  • Pupil objectives

    • "I can use the micro:bit radio feature to communicate between two or more micro:bits”
    • “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.” 

Extension activities

Activity book

Micro:bit tools

This was our first workbook for the BBC micro:bit and has a selection of simple projects to help you get started. 

Activity video

Cloud jumper challenge

Make your world fly past your unicorn sprite. Use your coding skills to swap the game mechanics, keep your unicorn in one spot while the clouds come towards it.

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