Physical computing loan kits
The NCCE has equipped each Computing Hub with a small number of classroom sets of physical computing equipment including packaged sets of:
Raspberry Pi Pico
Raspberry Pi 3B+
To find out more about the loan kits and a teacher guide to getting started,
see Teach Computing's
Due to having a limited number of kits, we cannot guarantee availability, but to request a loan from us:
Please fill in our online request form
Note that you must be a teacher in a state-funded school within our geographic region: Gateshead, Durham (north), Newcastle and Cumbria.
Pedagogical reasons for physical computing
Physical Computing offers a valuable and holistic way to engage and motivate learners, support collaboration and build creative links to other subjects.
Programming concepts can be brought to life - with learners actually seeing the results of their code in a physical and tangible form. For example, outputs can involve movement, light and sound, and, by coupling projects with input sensors, many meaningful real-world projects come into reach.
To find out more: see Teach Computing's Pedagogy Quick Read on Physical Computing (Sept 2021).
Gallery of photos
Some useful links
Crumble/ Micro:bit links
- Crumble software (Redfern Electronics)
- Getting Started with the Crumble (Redfern Electronics)
- 6 lesson resource: Programming A: Selection in Physical Computing (Year 5, teachcomputing.org)
- MakeCode - programming environment for micro:bits
- 6 lesson resource: Programming B: Sensing (Year 6, teachcomputing.org)
Raspberry Pico/ Pi links
- Getting started with Raspberry Pi Pico (Raspberry Pi Foundation)
- 6 lesson resource: Physical computing project (KS4, teachcomputing.org)
- Getting started with your Raspberry Pi (Future Learn)
- Teaching physical computing with Raspberry Pi and Python (Future Learn)
- Robotics with Raspberry Pi: Build and program your first robot buggy (Future Learn)