Summer Schools: Intro to the BBC Micro:bit (age 10–12)

2.00pm to 4.15pm, Thursday 1 August

The Royal Institution of Great Britain GB United Kingdom W1S 4BS 21 Albemarle Street London

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  • Credit: Tim Mitchell
  • Type

    Summer Schools
  • Audience

    Age 10–12

  • Speakers

    • Russell Harkin


Standard £30

Ri Young Members £25.50

Event description

The workshop will introduce participants to the features of the BBC Micro:bit.

Students will gain an opportunity to tackle programming challenges, including creating simple games and using the micro:bit to record and display information. In addition, the workshop will explore how to access external input and output devices to control sound and light.

No prior programming experience is needed.

About the speaker

Russell Harkin is a teacher of maths and computing who has taught and worked in computing for over thirty years. Having previously taught in the university sector, Russell now enjoys introducing the potential of computing to schoolchildren, so that they can enjoy the technology and use it responsibly and with confidence.

Please note

Please note, this workshop is strictly for 7–9 year-olds and is aimed at those with little or no experience of computer coding.

Discounted tickets are available to Ri Members. Find out more about how to join.

There will be a short break during the workshop and a drink and a small snack will be provided. Students should bring their own snack if they have any allergies. They should also bring pens, pencils and a calculator.

Refunds can only be issued for tickets cancelled at least two weeks (14 calendar days) in advance of the event date. Please note that this supersedes our normal event terms and conditions.


Workshops are on the first floor of our building, for which there is step-free access from the street via lift.

The closest underground station is Green Park, which is step-free.

Seating is usually unreserved for our events. If you and your group require seating reservations, or if you have any other questions, please do let us know by email and we’ll be more than happy to help. Email:

Financial assistance

The Potential Trust may be able to offer financial assistance to enable children to participate in Ri events and activities if this would otherwise be difficult. Please contact Anna Comino-James preferably via telephone on +44 (0)1844 351666, or at their email address

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