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Light-Up Signs: Programming Lights

SKU D34IL80126
Key Stage 2 Design & Technology Year 3 Year 4

In this lesson, challenge children to consider ways in which lights, such as LEDs, are used in a range of products – and how they are programmed and controlled. The included slides show some ways in which lights (connected to microcontrollers such as Raspberry Pis or BBC micro:bits) can be programmed and controlled using simple 'code block' software such as Scratch.

After that, there's a choice of activities (depending on the computing resources you have available) where children may either program actual LEDs, or write a program to control virtual Christmas tree lights using Scratch.


What's included:

  • Lesson plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
  • Teacher's notes
  • Differentiated worksheets
  • Challenge cards
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