The Pioneer Preparatory Primary Students have been equipped with BBC Micro:bits through a kind donations from the National Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (NTRC).
Funded from the Universal Service Fund, the NTRC donated approximated $ 50,200.00 worth of ICT equipment to the school. This is in keeping with the school’s objective to integrate Digital Technology in the classroom.
The Micro:bit is a pocket-sized computer 70 times smaller and 18 times faster than the original BBC Micro computers used in schools. It has 25 red LED lights that can flash messages and be used to create games.
Executive Director of the NTRC, Mr. Craig Nesty handed the ICT equipment to the Principal and students at the Pioneer Preparatory Primary School on Friday February 8th, 2019. During the presentation, Mr. Nesty spoke to the students of role and functions of the NTRC, and he went on further to explain the role the NTRC plays in the management of the Universal Service Fund, which is designed to provide services to rural areas, to people who are differently abled and to introduce new technology into Dominica. He said that the NTRC was pleased to have received a proposal from Pioneer Prep that was aligned to this vision.
“The Micro:bit”, Mr. Nesty explained, “is a tiny programmable computer, designed to make learning and teaching easy and fun. From dancing robots to banana keyboards, your micro:bit has all the features you need to code awesome stuff – the possibilities are endless! Mr. Nesty encouraged the students to participate in the microbit global challenge. Pioneer preparatory school now joins over 1 million British students where micro computers have been provided for middle and primary school students in Britain”.