Scissor Sisters’ Ana Matronic to front BBC Live Lesson

Scissor Sisters frontwoman Ana Matronic is set to host interactive BBC micro:bit session

On 24th February, robot fanatic Ana Matronic will join BBC Sport’s Dan Walker to lead the interactive Welcome to the BBC micro:bit session, designed to support learning with the BBC micro:bit.  

The lesson will come live from the People’s History Museum in Manchester in front of a live audience and will be broadcast to schools across the country.

The event will encourage Key Stage 3/3rd Level students (11-14 year olds) to get creative through digital coding and programming and making their own digital creations in school and at home. Pupils and teachers will be able to interact, pose questions and watch the lesson live at bbc.co.uk/livelessons.

Ana said: “Live Lessons is such an exciting initiative from the BBC and I’m thrilled to be a part of it. Getting young people interested in coding and programming is a passion of mine and opens the door to a vast network of opportunity. These skills will be such an important part of their future years and careers and making them accessible will go a long way to prove how unscary, and most importantly fun, coding can be!” 

Getting young people interested in coding and programming is a passion of mine and opens the door to a vast network of opportunity

The Welcome to the BBC micro:bit lesson, taking place on the 24th March, is the first of four taking place this spring with another lesson in coding set to come live from the Blackpool Tower Ballroom. Presented by Countdown’s Rachel Riley and Strictly Come Dancing’s Anton Du Beke, Strictly micro:bit will see the show’s professional dancers Kevin and Karen Clifton explain how the instructions of dance are akin to digital coding. There will even be an ambitious attempt to use the pocket-size computer to light the famous tower.

There will also be two further lessons to coincide with the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, with further lessons in other subjects to be announced at a later date.

Each 45-minute webcast will be designed for a particular age group with information published on the website prior to the lesson and remaining there post-lesson for future use.

For full details of the BBC Learning Live Lessons series go to https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0376g8q

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