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

Step counter design

Discuss the design of a step counter from the perspective of the engineer and the customer

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

Walking is an excellent form of exercise that most people can take part in. The average person walks 3000-4000 steps per day. The National Health Service in the UK has set a challenge for each person to walk 10,000 steps per day. This can be counted using a step counter or stepometer.

In this unit of learning, learners will integrate a BBC micro:bit based programmable system into a complete and commercially viable step counter product, that will aid people taking part in this challenge.

Activity info, teachers' notes and curriculum links

In this activity, learners will think about existing step counters. They will discuss their designs from the perspective of both the engineer and the customer for the product.

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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