Lesson 1 : Introduction
MicroPython 101

Time: 45+ minutes


Code Introduced




Warm-Up (5 minutes)

Activities (45 minutes)

Facilitate as students complete all Introduction modules on their own:

1. What Is a micro:bit? (Document)
2. What is MicroPython? (Example)
3. Hello, World! (DIY)
4. Scorekeeper (DIY)
5. Review (Document)
6. Quiz (Multiple-choice)

Extended Activities (10 minutes)

U.S. Standards

  • CCSS-Math: MP.1
  • CCSS-ELA: 6-8.RST.3, 6-8.RST.4, 6-8.RST.7
  • CSTA: 2-AP-11, 2-AP-13, 2-AP-15, 2-AP-17
  • CS CA: 6-8.AP.11, 6-8.AP.13, 6-8.AP.15, 6-8.AP.16, 6-8.AP.17
  • ISTE: 1.c, 1.d, 4.d, 5.c, 5.d, 6.b

U.K. Standards

Key stage 3
Pupils should be taught to:
  • understand the hardware and software components that make up computer systems, and how they communicate with one another and with other systems
  • create, reuse, revise and repurpose digital artefacts for a given audience, with attention to trustworthiness, design and usability
  • understand a range of ways to use technology safely, respectfully, responsibly and securely, including protecting their online identity and privacy; recognise inappropriate content, contact and conduct, and know how to report concerns
  • Key stage 4
    All pupils must have the opportunity to study aspects of information technology and computer science at sufficient depth to allow them to progress to higher levels of study or to a professional career. Pupils should be taught to:
  • develop their capability, creativity and knowledge in computer science, digital media and information technology
  • develop and apply their analytic, problem-solving, design, and computational thinking skills
  • understand how changes in technology affect safety, including new ways to protect their online privacy and identity, and how to report a range of concerns
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