Coding for Outdoor Play using micro:bit
Outdoor play is in decline, including its benefits to children's development. Coding, a typically indoor, screen-based activity, can potentially enrich outdoor play, serving as a rule-making medium.
We introduced coding using micro:bit and it’s features (compass, pedometer, light and temperature sensor) enabling students to technologically-enhance their outdoor play experiences by inventing game ideas, coding them, and playing their games together with their friends.
They used micro:bit and coding to modify traditional games and invent new ones, enriching their outdoor experience. Children merged computational concepts with physical game elements and integrated physical outdoor properties as variables in their code, making them to be excited to see their code come to life. Children used coding to express their ideas by creating technologically-enhanced outdoor play experiences.