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Milestone 1: Entry Event
Milestone 2: Computational Thinking
Milestone 3: Product Design and Development
Milestone 4: Final Presentation
computational thinking: considering a problem in a way that a computer can help us to solve it
innovation: a new idea, method, or device; the introduction of something new
microcontroller : a tiny computer that makes coding tangible and promotes digital creativity
prototype: an original model on which something is patterned
Water Ops for Growing is a Project-Based Learning (PBL) plan. PBL is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging, and complex question, problem, or challenge.1 A quality PBL experience requires seven essential elements.
In this project, students will learn about microcontrollers (micro:bit), explore the basics of programming, participate in design challenges, build a moisture sensor and water pump, and make a video about their product.
Microcontrollers (micro:bit) are tuny computers that make coding tangible and promote digital creativity. The user creates a program to tell it what to do using one of the online code editors and then downloads it to a computer as a .hex file—a version of the program that the micro:bit can read.
Micro:bit is the microcontroller used for this plan. There are many other microcontrollers used in classrooms and prototyping such as Arduino and Raspberry Pi. The micro:bit was given free to millions of students in the UK in 2016. It is inexpensive, easy to use, and a great gateway into the world of computer science.
Micro:bit can be programmed in a variety of ways but most easily using micro:bit makecode. It is easy to get started with micro:bit using these tutorials or videos on YouTube such as the Micro:bit Tutorial Series.
The following resources provide information about microcontrollers (micro:bit):
At the beginning of the project, students are introduced to key content using a compelling situation that provides context and serves as a catalyst for an authentic problem or challenge. In Project-Based Learning (PBL), this authentic problem/challenge is referred to as an "Entry Event." Students use the Entry Event to initiate inquiry by reflecting on their prior knowledge of the key content, generating questions that they need to know the answers to in order to successfully complete the project or process that will solve the problem, and identifying what their next steps might be to answer their questions. These questions are used in an ongoing way throughout the project to track learning and guide inquiry.3 While students may have several questions, one driving question needs to be agreed upon that, when answered, should address the initial situation. Refer to Milestone 1 for Entry Event procedures.
In PBL, projects are organized into milestones. Each milestone represents a significant stage of the project. Click on each milestone below to access instructional procedures.
Milestone 1: Entry Event (approximately 1 day)
Milestone 2: Computational Thinking (approximately 2 days)
Milestone 3: Product Design and Development (approximately 4 days)
Milestone 4: Final Presentation (approximately 3 days)
Concept Elaboration and Evaluation:
As a final wrap-up, review and summarize the following key points:
Moisture Sensor and Watering Mechanism Photo Credit: https://makecode.microbit.org/projects/plant-watering
CCA PBL Team