The Challenge

STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. STEM education is important because it pervades every part of our lives. Science is everywhere in the world around us. Technology is continuously expanding into every aspect of our lives. And as referenced by the World Bank, 65% of jobs that primary school age children will be doing, don't currently exist. We need to bridge this education gap, to prepare future generations for the jobs of the future.

Project Aims

The micro:bit is a small credit card sized device which introduces children to computer coding. The World's Largest Lesson (run by Project Everyone) introduces the Global Goals to children and young people and unites them in action. By combining the resources of micro:bit and the World’s Largest Lesson we aim to reach children across the globe, and run a campaign to inspire young people to solve real world problems in health and the environment using physical computing.

The Challenge, funded by Arm Ltd, asks young people worldwide to create solutions for the UN’s Global Goals, either individually or in teams; and encourage schools and after school clubs across the globe to participate. Young people will be asked to find solutions to difficult real world problems related to;

Global Goal 14 – Life below Water

Global Goal 15 – Life on Land

This challenge will ask you to come up with innovative ways to use your micro:bit to help protect life on land and below water. You can learn about the Goals, understand some of the problems facing our oceans and natural world and then get started developing ideas and solutions using technology.

We'll provide everything you need, from free resources to learn about the Goals to a step by step process to help you develop your solution and enter the challenge. And if you are stuck for ideas there will be some tips too.

If you can't wait to get started then visit our Let's Code page to perfect your blocks, Python or Javascript coding skills because the unique part of this challenge is that you don't even need a micro:bit to take part! Apply to the Challenge on the micro:bit site!

Predicted Outcomes

  • Increased awarness and action by young people in support of the Global Goals
  • Increased innovation by young people in support of the Global Goals
  • Increased interest by young people in coding

Photographer : Ms.Soratda Worrakittichotikorn   
Ban Houy-Youkpaso School, Chiang Rai Province,  
Office of the Basic Education Commission (OBEC), Thailand  
Courtesy of: World’s Largest Lesson 

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