Digital world: Monitoring devices

Applying Computing knowledge and understanding to program a Micro: bit animal monitoring device that will support animal care and alert their owners when the temperature is not optimal using sound and an LED. Children develop their 3D CAD skills by learning how to navigate the Tinkercad interface and essential tools to combine multiple objects.

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Lesson 1: Monitoring devices

Explore the invention and history of the thermometer. Research key animal facts and write informed design criteria, for an animal monitoring device.

Learning Objective

To carry out research to develop design criteria

Lesson 2: Programming an animal monitor

Programming an animal monitor, using booleans and 'if' statements, to alert the owner when the ambient temperature is too hot or cold.

Learning Objective

To write a program to monitor the ambient temperature including an alert

Lesson 3: Plastic

Discover the history of plastic and its impact on the world. Repurpose plastic building bricks to develop creative and unique models for micro:bit case, housing or stand solutions.

Learning Objective

To generate creative and unique micro:bit case, stand and/or housing ideas

Lesson 4: 3D CAD skills

Comparing traditional modelling and CAD modelling. Exploring new essential skills required to place, manoeuvre and combine 3D objects in CAD 3D modelling software.

Learning Objective

To learn about and practise 3D CAD skills

Assess your pupils

Assessment quiz and Knowledge catcher. These can be used at the start of the unit to access where pupils are in their learning as well as the end of the unit to assess progress. Go to assessment resources