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Join the micro:bit Global Challenge!

As a proud education partner of the Micro:bit Education Foundation and a community partner of the Global Challenge, we're excited to share with Canadian educators and students this rich learning experience and competition.

The Global Challenge is an ambitious project launched by the Micro:bit Educational Foundation, Arm and the World’s Largest Lesson. By combining the resources of micro:bit and the World’s Largest Lesson, the campaign aims to reach children across the globe and inspire young people to solve real-world problems in health and the environment, using physical computing and raising awareness of the UN’s Global Goals.

The Challenge:

The Sustainable Development Goals or Global Goals have been created to reduce inequality and to create a world that is fair for everyone, where no-one is left behind.

We want you to think about how you can help achieve goals 3 (Good Health and Wellbeing), 4 (Quality Education) and 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions) by focusing on the themes of non-communicable diseases and safety.

How can we ensure that people stay healthy and choose healthy lifestyles? How do we make sure all communities are safe for people to carry out their jobs and attend school?

Using the BBC micro:bit as a starting point, we want you to design and make a solution to a problem that affects you and your community or another community somewhere in the world. This could be a device that will encourage people to get active and stay healthy, or a recipe plan to get your family eating well. Could you help people decide which exercise would suit them best? Or perhaps you and your friends need some more lights for your bikes that start working when the sun sets? Is crossing the road a problem at your school? Could there be a system that helps make it safe?

Whatever the issue, we’re interested to hear how you would go about solving it. The micro:bit can do so many things so use your imagination and be as creative as possible!

Don’t worry if the problem you want to work on seems small. Remember that small changes can have a big impact!

The prize:

We’ll be picking 6 winners from all over the world to join us on an all-expenses paid trip to the Global Challenge finale event in London, UK. You’ll meet the other winners from around the world, work on some incredible micro:bit challenges and hear from some inspirational speakers on how you can help achieve the global goals.

Who can enter?

The competition is open to young people across the world aged 8-12. You may work in a team or as an individual on the challenge. Unfortunately, only one person will be able to travel to the Global Challenge finale event so make sure you discuss this with any team mates in advance.

The competition is free to enter, and you don’t even have to have a micro:bit to take part. If you’ve got an idea, put it down on paper or use the Let’s Code page. We’ll accept photos of your plans too.

How to enter:

Visit microbit.org/global-challenge/

Competition dates:

The Global Challenge competition opens on 24th September 2018 and closes 1 p.m. (ET) Friday November 16, 2018.

Good luck!

Fair Chance Learning is proud community partner of the Global Challenge. To learn how you can engage students in cross-curricular activities using coding and the micro:bit, contact us at info@fairchancelearning.com. As a Canadian company, we're eager to have a Canadian student be among the selected winners!

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