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Since 2016, IC 21 Bologna decrease secondary faculty has participated in a nationwide undertaking named “Women Code it Higher”. This undertaking is aimed to encourage younger ladies to method science and expertise in a extra assured method, as a way to lower the gender imbalance in STEM careers.

Yearly, a gaggle of 15-20 college students, all ladies, has the chance to use for the varsity’s “Women Code it Higher” membership. The membership ladies meet as soon as every week after curricular lessons and expertise a Undertaking Based mostly Studying exercise guided by a instructor and a maker. The ultimate outcomes of their undertaking are then introduced in public occasions as maker festivals or pupil conventions.

Within the current faculty 12 months, the membership’s ladies (all 11-12 years previous) have explored some units they’ve by no means used earlier than: the micro:bit  and the 3D printer.

Step one has been testing some micro:bit sensors guided by the examples within the MakeCode web site.

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After studying find out how to code with blocks, how to decide on the proper values vary for every sensor, and find out how to signify the output on the micro:bit shows, college students made up the concept for his or her undertaking: making ready a sequence of units helpful to regulate some environmental situations of their classroom.

The features they determined to make use of are:

  • a lightweight sensor to verify if the lamps must be placed on or off within the classroom
  • a temperature and humidity sensor to verify the classroom local weather
  • a magnetic area sensor to verify if doorways or home windows are closed
  • an accelerometer to verify if some objects are in right positions

A lot of the coding directions for these units may be discovered within the MakeCode web site that ladies adopted to study, however for the temperature and humidity measurements a further DHT11 sensor was related to the micro:bit system.

In addition they wished to offer a private characteristic to every system, by creating their very own symbols to signify the show output.

As a way to arrange the units within the classroom, the women determined to design some plastic instances, and make them with the 3D printer in school. The instances are designed with Tinkercad and might comprise the micro:bit and its provide battery case; the covers let the show and the buttons seen. They’ve been printed in school with a Sharebot NG 3D printer.

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The entire Undertaking Based mostly Studying cycle, from thought to product, took 6 months, the place the women met as soon as every week, and in addition ready documentation with movies, footage, instruction and fashions for the ultimate exhibit and for the faculty’s web site.

The undertaking has been introduced in two public occasions:

Each occasions give college students the chance to satisfy different faculties and trade their experiences, and are open to households and different guests.

References:

https://www.istitutocomprensivo21bologna.edu.it/
https://girlscodeitbetter.it/club-47/
https://www.schoolmakerday.it/scheda-progetto-smd23/?id=a_612
https://microbit.org/
https://makecode.microbit.org/
https://www.tinkercad.com/
https://www.sharebot.it/assist/obtain/

In regards to the creator

Daniela Leone studied physics at Bologna College and since 2001 has labored as Math and Science instructor within the decrease secondary faculty. Her current faculty is Istituto Comprensivo 21 Bologna. Her predominant pursuits are ICT in schooling, digital studying environments, coding and academic robots. She has participated within the EUN Go-Lab undertaking from 2015 to 2019 and within the Women Code it Higher undertaking since 2016 to current. Linkedin web page.

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