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Age range: 11-14
Duration: 0-29 mins
  • Computing
  • D&T

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What security systems' features would deter a burglar from breaking into a home?

This is one of a series of resources to support the use of the BBC micro:bit in Design and Technology lessons.

Home security is increasingly important as homeowners look to ensure that their properties and possessions are protected from potential burglary. Alarm systems are being developed with increasingly complex embedded electronics and programmable components.

In this unit of learning, learners will research, program and develop a working door access and alarm system using the BBC micro:bit.

Activity info, teachers' notes and curriculum links

In this activity, learners will look at the requirements for a good home security system from the perspective of a burglar. They will then use this information to develop a set of design criteria for the system.

The activity sheet includes teachers' notes, useful web links, and links (where appropriate) to the national curriculum in each of the four devolved nations; England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

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