Picture this: you are introducing your next science or math inquiry project to your students. As you are going through learning expectations and success criteria, you are filled with a sense of foreboding when that first hand shoots up to ask if they can pick their own groups

Student groupings have always been (and probably will always be) a tricky area to navigate, but leaving room for student voice and choice when appropriate can go a long way in fostering trust and confidence among your students.

Do your students want to create their own groups for their upcoming science or math inquiry?

The next time your students ask to make their own groups, why not challenge them with the following: if they can send you the initials of their group members using the radio feature with micro:bit, they will have earned the chance to work together!

To do this, students will need to collaborate to program a pair of micro:bits: one micro:bit sends the initials of their group members in a series of letters (separated by a space), while a second micro:bit is placed on your teacher desk to receive the message. Bonus points if they can incorporate a way for you to respond to their message!

If you’d like to remix or tinker with this sample program in the MakeCode editor, check out this link: https://makecode.microbit.org/_162MYVKMtYiv

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