Design a prototype score counter

Use the BBC micro:bit programmable system to create a working prototype

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

Some people enjoy taking part in quizzes in their spare time. Keeping an accurate score of points gained by each team, or player, is important when deciding who the overall winner is. Programmable counter systems can be used to do this quickly and easily, and reduce the likelihood of human error.

In this unit of learning, learners will use the BBC micro:bit to develop a programmable counter that can be used to keep score during a quiz.

Activity info, teachers' notes and curriculum links

In this activity, learners will integrate a BBC micro:bit based programmable system into a working product prototype.

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.


Score counter - BBC micro:bit score counter video.

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  • Activity overview - Design a prototype score system activity description, teachers' notes and curriculum links
  • Presentation - Creating a prototype score counter
  • Handout - Developing the counter - student handout showing example programs
  • Hex programming file - Example programming file using the MakeCode editor
  • Py programming file - Example programming file using the Python editor
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