Cockton Hill Junior School BBC Microbit Challenge

A project by: Deborah Alderson

pledged of £298 target

This project did not reach its target.

Completion Date: Fri 18 Jan 2019
BBC microbit campaign

Number of students that will benefit: 96

Age of students: 9 - 11

Percentage eligible for free school meals: 31.4%


About us

We are an all junior age (7 to 11) school in the North east of England - specifically County Durham.

What do we want?

We are hoping for funding to buy 2 sets of BBC Microbits to use with our Y5 and Y6 pupils in Computing. They are a really affordable but versatile piece of equipment to use when coding. Using them, we can program them to play messages, light LEDs or play music.

Ideally we would like at least one between 2 pupils to make it more exciting for them.

Who is this for?

Our Y5 and Y6 pupils in Computing.

Why do we want this?

This would really enhance our Computing curriculum by allowing our pupils to program a real piece of equipment that they can see and touch, rather than just a mimic or simulation on the screen. They find it incredibly exciting and it would really enable us to move our coding forward.

Where your money goes

2 x Class starter packs of 10 cost @ £148.80 and these include all the leads, battery packs etc.

Total: £297.60


If we're fortunate enough to raise more than our target, then we would extend our purchases to buy enough microbits for a whole class of 30 pupils.

Help us reach our target!

The total cost of 2 class starter packs would be £297.60. You might think we could buy this out of our school funds but budgets are so tight these days that we struggle to buy enough glue sticks, never mind extra pieces of equipment!

Any help you can give us would be truly appreciated. If you can't afford to donate (it's an expensive time of year) maybe you could help us by sharing our message to others. Please try to support us in any way that you can. Thanks.

Rocket Fund is a pilot project by Nesta. Nesta is a registered charity in England and Wales 1144091 and Scotland SC042833