Physical computing kits available for hire

The latest technology helping students to learn how to control objects by computers is being made available to schools via a new loan scheme.

Launched by the National Centre for Computing Education (NCCE), primary and secondary teachers can borrow the classroom kits to enable them to create projects controlled by computers.

The sets of physical computing kits are now available to borrow from the NCCE’s national network of 34 Computing Hubs, which are based at schools and colleges across England.

Physical computing means interacting with real-world objects, such as lights, buzzers and motors, by programming them with a computer. The Computing Hubs can now offer classroom trays of Crumble, micro:bits, Raspberry Pi Pico or Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ devices.

Each tray contains enough devices for a classroom, along with all the peripherals such as LEDs, motors, wheels, and cables needed to complete units from the NCCE’s Teach Computing Curriculum, which is designed for pupils aged five to 18.

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