Schools for the 21st century: Great national competition in programming on microbit devices

“Schools for the 21st Century”, one of the largest regional educational projects, launched by the British Council, after three and a half years of successful implementation in the Western Balkans, in May organizes a major National competition in programming on microbit devices for all primary school children aged 10 up to 15 years. Image

By organizing this national competition, British Council strives to inspires young people to solve everyday problems with the help of programming and critical thinking skills in their schools and communities. Students will use the BBC’s microbit device in the competition and try to develop innovative solutions that will contribute to environmental protection, energy saving and face the challenges of climate change, in accordance with Sustainable development goals United Nations.

20 best projects will be selected to participate in the finals of the competition, which will be held in Belgrade under the auspices of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia and with the financial support of the Government of the United Kingdom. All teams that advance to the finals will receive 10 microbits of upgraded version 2, with a built-in speaker, microphone and touch sensor, as well as many useful accessories, such as a microbit piano, LED ring, set for researchers, OLED screen and others, which will enable students to create even more interesting and complex projects.

The first three placed teams expect valuable prizes – the winning team will win iPad Airand are reserved for the second and third teams Android tablets. Teachers from all three winning teams will win laptops, while students will also receive useful accessories for microbit devices, which will enable them to create even more interesting and complex projects. In addition to these awards, smart watches are provided for the youngest team, the team with the best project on the topic of environmental protection, as well as for the team that develops the most complex code. Image

Application The competition is simple – all students from 5th to 8th grade of schools who participated in trainings for critical thinking and problem solving and received microbite devices within the project “Schools for the 21st century” start applying by simply filling out form and by sending the necessary documentation.

After the evaluation of the project, judges, ICT experts, will select up to 20 best projects that will qualify for the live competition, where each team will have 10 minutes to present the project and ask questions to the judges.

More detailed information on the application process can be found at www.britishcouncil.rsand applications are open until April 25, 2022.

About the project “Schools for the 21st century”

“Schools for the 21st Century” is an ambitious three-year educational program worth 10 million pounds designed and implemented by the organization British Council in the Western Balkans and funded by the United Kingdom Government. Image

The goal of this program, which is implemented in partnership with the competent educational institutions of the participating countries, is for one million students aged 10-15 to acquire the skills of critical thinking and problem solving. In addition, children will acquire practical programming skills and have the opportunity to improve their skills through the programming of physical devices. physical computing).

Since the beginning of the implementation of the “Schools for the 21st Century” program in the Republic of Serbia, more than 1,100 primary schools have been included, and 4,400 teachers have successfully completed training in the field of developing critical thinking skills, problem solving and programming in students. while currently online more than 1,100 teachers attend the training.

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