micro:bit SLUG journey so far

What is micro:bit?

The Micro Bit itself is a circuit board measuring just 50x40mm with two buttons and an array of 25 red LEDs in a 5×5 arrangement. It will come in various colours, including green and blue. Kids can program the board via a web-based interface to do many things, including flashing up numbers, letters and scrolling messages on the LEDs. Plus, since there’s a built-in accelerometer and compass, it can detect movement and tell which way it’s pointing.

What is micro:bit SLUG?

micro:bit Sri Lanka User Group consists of young volunteers who are from professional organizations and universities. Our mission is to increase computer programming capabilities and empower every child in Sri Lanka. With the help of micro:bit, we can lay the foundation of programming to enrich their lives.

Our Team

Our team is consisted of young volunteers who are from professional organizations and universities.

Our Mission

Simply it is “Helping Future Innovators”. Our mission is to increase computer programming capabilities and empower every child in Sri Lanka. With the help of micro:bit, we can lay the foundation of programming to enrich their lives.

Introducing micro:bit to Sri Lanka and micro:bit Sri Lanka User Group Launch

Our first task was to host an event to launch micro:bit SLUG and introduce micro:bits to Sri Lanka officially. After few team discussions, we finalized the location. Normally these kind of launch events are happening based on our capital, Colombo. But we decided to change that practice. We organized it in Nenasala Center, Udubaddawa which is located 100 miles away from Colombo. Nisala Nenasala is the best Nenasala Center in North Western Province. More than 80 students are having ICT education there.  There were two main parts of this event. First, we had the ceremony at main hall. And then we held the first micro:bit based Hour of Code in Sri Lanka. 2o students got hands on experience same time. Their feedback was amazing.

 

Awareness Sessions

Most important thing is increasing the awareness of Kids, Parents and Teachers on the value of micro:bits. As a team we identified that reaching them physically is ideal. So in addition to our social media awareness campaigns our volunteer team is organizing holding sessions on various Schools and Institutes. You can find sessions we have conducted so far,

1st of February – Awareness Session at Gamini Central College

3rd of February – micro:bit Awareness Session on Kalutara Vidyalaya

6th of February – Awareness Session at Herman Gmainer School

19th of February – micro:bit Awareness Session at University of Peradeniya

21st of February – Herman Gmainer School(Session 2), Piliyandala 

23rd of February – BBC micro:bit awareness session for 2nd year undergraduates in UCSC

27th of February – micro:bit Awareness Session at Horizon Lanka Foundation and counting..

Localization

micro:bit Foundation official web site Sinhala version launched.

Microsoft PXT Editor Sinhala version launched.

Started developing a micro:bit based programming learning plan for Sri Lankan kids with Brooke Primary School, UK

Partnerships

In last month, Brooke Primary School, UK partnered with us as our International Learning Partner and they are directly working with us in creating the lesson plan and educating teachers remotely.

How you can join with us?

Whole program is depend on our strong and island wide available volunteer team. Anyone who is prefer to spend the free time with us can join as an volunteer. Just fill the form which is available in volunteers.microbitslug.org. Then one of our team member will contact you.

Do you like to be partnered with us?

We are really happy to be partnered with organizations and companies who are willing to support us as this is a totally non profit initiative. Please contact us directly for further details.

Contact Us

Web Site: microbitslug.org

Facebook: micro:bit SLUG Page

O767 482 482 (Prabhath)

077 342 9446 (Indika)

077 830 4635 (Avishka)

 

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