Computer whizzes learn new coding skills from Microsoft

Emma Billingham

Emma Billingham

Computer whizzes learn new coding skills from Microsoft

A special workshop hosted by Microsoft gave year six pupils at Claires Court Junior Boys the chance to learn about micro:bits, or pocket-sized codeable computers.

Stephanie Hutchings from the software giant spoke to the year group on Tuesday to explain how micro:bits can be programmed.

After hearing about what the equipment can do, the boys were able to use their micro:bits to design snowflake patterns and create messages, using specialist computer coding.

Teacher Chris Rowan said: “The boys took part in this workshop as part of the week-long activities Pupil Problem Solving Week.

“The week is designed to give the boys a break from exams and have fun solving problems.

“Even though the micro:bit has not yet been released and is to be given to year seven boys by the government, our year six boys handled the complex coding extremely well and absolutely loved the workshop.”

The pupils also received Microsoft headphones and pens.

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