This lesson introduces a conceptual framework for thinking of a computing device as something that uses code to process one or more inputs and send them to an output(s).

Lesson objectives

Students will…

  • Understand the four components that make up a computer and their functions.
  • Understand that the micro:bit takes input, and after processing the input, produces output.
  • Learn the variety of different types of information the micro:bit takes in as input.
  • Apply this knowledge by creating a micro:bit program that takes input and produces an output.

Lesson plan

  1. Overview: What is a computer and micro:bit hardware
  2. Unplugged: What’s your function?
  3. Activity: Happy face, sad face
  4. Project: Fidget cube


The Flipgrid topic for the Algorithms lesson:

Targeted CSTA standards