Keri Santos the founder of CodeWagon, a Boulder non-profit focused on inspiring the next generation of women coders, taught the Boulder Cool Girls how to code in Scratch using a Micro:Bit. Scratch is a block-based visual programming language created by MIT as an introductory programming language for children. Micro:Bit is a handheld micro-computer created by BBC Learning with the support of companies like Microsoft and Amazon for the purpose of teaching coding to children around the world.
Under the expert instruction of Keri utilizing these engaging tools, the girls learned very quickly. By the end of the session, they had the Micro:Bits lighting up with different designs. They developed their own emojis and sayings on the Micro:Bit’s LED screen. It was fun seeing their creativity flow as they generated their programs.
If you are interested in coding at home, Micro:Bits can be purchased from SparkFun.