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BBC Live Lessons Trip

Posted Thursday 25th February 2016.

On Wednesday 24th February twelve Castle Rock students travelled to the People's History Museum in Manchester to take part in the filming and live web broadcast of BBC Live Lessons.

Live Lessons is an initiative led by BBC Learning that brings engaging interactive broadcasts to schools all around the country.

After an early start we arrived on set; this particular Live Lesson featured the BBC micro:bit, a tiny pocket-sized computer that is being given to all Year 7 students free of charge where their school has registered for the scheme.

We were very keen to see the micro:bit in action and weren't disappointed as the show's presenters - Dan Walker from BBC Sport, gadget guru Ella Williamson, STEM ambassador Amy Mather and Ana Matronic of the Scissor Sisters band, a robotics enthusiast - demonstrated some neat code to create simple games. During the show, Connect 4-playing robots,  home-made alarms systems and an amazing robotic hand were also demonstrated by experts from Edinburgh University.

It was also really interesting to see what happens behind the scenes during a live broadcast.

We're now really looking forward to the arrival of our micro:bits so we can start coding with them. The full Live Lesson can be viewed on the BBC website - keep your eye out for Castle Rock students!

Link to the micro:bit Live Lesson (opens in new window)

Link to the BBC micro:bit website (opens in new window)