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Code Club Bangladesh launches ‘microbit’ projects for children

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Code Club Bangladesh teamed up with the Underprivileged Children’s Education Program (UCEP) to host the first ever micro:bit coding and programming class for youngsters in the country. Thanks to the support of the UK’s micro:bit Foundation, UCEP students had the opportunity to learn introductory programming and computational thinking concepts, and apply them in making a range of fun programs for their micro:bit.

A collaboration between 31 partners, the BBC micro:bit is the BBC’s most ambitious education initiative in 30 years, with an ambition to inspire digital creativity and develop a new generation of tech pioneers.

The micro:bit, measuring just 4cm by 5cm, is a stripped down computer which children can use to code and create anything they set their minds to.

The first ever Code Club Bangladesh micro:bit class took place on Tuesday, 6 June, 2017 at UCEP’s SSC Vocational Computer Laboratory, based in Mirpur-2.

Code Club Bangladesh founder, Md. Shajahan Miah, worked on the BBC’s micro:bit UK launch in 2015 and more than one million children now have a micro:bit at home.

UCEP’s regional manager for Dhaka north, Ms. Santara Islam, and Code Club Bangladesh’s head of operations, Farhana Akhter Chowdhury, were delighted to see the children in Bangladesh using their creative skills and enjoying coding and programming with the micro:bit. Code Club Bangladesh’s Training and Translations manager, Mehnaz Sharmin Mohona, demonstrated and showcased the potential of the micro:bit to the awestruck students.

Code Club has been supporting the BBC micro:bit initiative by creating a set of learning resources for the device, which is now available in Bangla and English to use in our Code Clubs to help children harness the power of the device and to see the impact that programming can have on their day-to-day lives.

Our step by step guides are easy for children to follow, and introduce the basics of physical computing using the micro:bit in an engaging way.

Code Club Bangladesh’s, Farhana Chowdhury, said: “We are delighted to be working with the micro:bit Foundation to bring our exciting micro:bit projects to children in Bangladesh.

“The children in Bangladesh will now have the same opportunity, as in the UK and the rest of the world, to learn coding and programming with the micro:bit.

Code Club Bangladesh is a nationwide network of volunteer-led after school coding clubs for children aged 5-16. We recently hosted the inaugural 2017 National Children’s Coding Fest (NCCF 2017) in association with Bangladesh ICT Ministry Division and supported by the CSE Department, at the University of Dhaka.

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