Hong Kong Schools at Micro:bit Educational Foundation Booth @BETT Show 2018, London
micro:bit has won the hearts of Hong Kong schools!
@BETT 2018, 7 Hong Kong schools shared 10 micro:bit projects* on the Micro:bit Educational Foundation booth (and fischertechnik booth) over the 4 days: 24 - 27 January 2018, in London.
Hong Kong school's participation was reported on the news section of the official BBC micro:bit web site: http://microbit.org/en/2018-03-01-microbit-in-hong-kong/
Hong Kong schools@ BETT 2018:
12 students - 9 teachers - 3 principals were there having lots of sharing and dialogues with visitors from around the world!
As part of the group of 76 educators and supporters in IT in Education on the Hong Kong delegation to the UK in January, we have our students, teachers and principals, as well as display-only Hong Kong school projects "on-duty" on the Micro:bit Educational Foundation booth over the 4 days at the BETT Show in London, the world 's largest annual educational technology show, with visitors from over 100 countries, featuring the best-of-the-best classroom solutions and thought leaders.
The Hong Kong projects were also at the fischertechnik booth:
3 out of the 4 schools (5 projects) presenting in person at BETT built their micro:bit projects with fischertechnik STEM construction materials.
Click project title(s) below each of the school names to read the project description as part of the display at BETT 2018:
Ma On Shan Ling Liang Primary School
Intelligent plant system
Fukien Secondary School Affiliated School
STFA Yung Yau College
Smart guide path
STFA Yung Yau College
Smart baby hat
Baptist Rainbow Primary School
Intelligent rubbish bin
Chan Sui Ki (La Salle) Primary School
Water sensor door and automatic window
*ETC Educational Technology Connection (HK) Ltd, in collaboration with AiTLE (The Association of IT Leaders in Education) arranged with the Micro:bit Educational Foundation to bring Hong Kong students and their projects to the micro:bit and fischertechnik stands at BETT. AiTLE was the leader of the Hong Kong delegation to BETT show 2018. ETC is the official reseller for micro:bit and fischertechnik in Hong Kong.
David Whale, Official micro:bit Wizard was talking to the teacher about the whac-a-light project - using torch light to hit the randomly generated light on multiple micro:bits to score.
Exhibiting Hong Kong school principals, teachers & students, HK Secretary for Education, Micro:bit CEO, Chairman of the Association of IT Leaders in Education (AiTLE) on micro:bit stand
The Hong Kong delegation @BETT show 2018
How all these Hong Kong micro:bit frenzy started?
Hong Kong has been known for its international outlook and has always been on the lookout for the very latest in technology in education. micro:bit is the hottest coding and STEM solution our schools are adopting these days since 2016.
The uptake has been completely ground-up: initiated by teachers and principals, and not from the typical top-down policy route.
micro:bit - brought to Hong Kong by teachers, for teachers
About the micro:bit:
For those who are not familiar with the micro:bit, hear what Zach Shelby, ex-CEO, micro:bit said in 30 minutes to Hong Kong teachers, at ETC Educational Technology Connection booth @ Learning and Teaching Expo 2017, Hong Kong.
Zach approved our request to showcase Hong Kong school projects at BETT 2018 - a big thank you on behalf of our schools!
What can you do with the micro:bit? (4.5mins)
Let's make a dice - Coding with micro:bit (8mins)
Ready Dice!! - Download your programme to micro:bit (7mins)
Q&A (include: Can we code micro:bit offline? Or code with tablets? Is micro:bit breakable?) (6mins)
Q&A (include: Can we swap Codes between Block & Text? Or control our smart phones with micro:bit?) (6mins)
Hong Kong Government Information Services press releases:
Included the coverage of the Secretary for Education's visit to the Micro:bit Foundation Booth, showing support to Hong Kong students/teachers/principals on 24th January at BETT show 2018:
- SED (The Secretary for Education) meets with Minister of State at Department for Education of UK (with photos) Thursday, January 25, 2018
- 教育局局長與英國教育部國務大臣會晤（附圖） 2018年1月25日（星期四）
June 2018 edition of the Hong Kong Review, newsletter of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, London (HKETO)
See the mention of Hong Kong teachers and students showcase of projects on the BBC micro:bit booth at BETT show January 2018, duirng the Education Secretary, Mr Kevin Yeung's visit to UK this January per the June 2018 edition of the Hong Kong Review, newsletter of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, London (HKETO)
- [past] Invitation to schools to join the 2018 Hong Kong delegation to UK
- [past] Call for student projects entry for micro:bit stand and fischertechnik stand at BETT show 2018
- The next step:
- Hong Kong micro:bit fans are invited to share their projects with students and teachers from around the world during the annual fischertechnik fan club day by end June or mid July 2019 in Stuttgart, Germany. More information will be announced shortly - so, stay tuned!
- We have also submitted our application to the Micro:bit Educational Foundation for Hong Kong schools to exhibit at their booth in BETT 2019, pending on their approval.
- Connie Chen