Microsoft and BBC bosses visit Eastlea Community School

Satya Nadella and Lord Hall with Eastlea staff and students (picture: Ben Moss)

Satya Nadella and Lord Hall with Eastlea staff and students (picture: Ben Moss) - Credit: Ben Moss

Move over, Steve Jobs. The next generation of digital creatives have shown off their skills to a very special visitor.

Satya Nadella and Lord Hall with Eastlea staff and students (picture: Ben Moss)

Satya Nadella and Lord Hall with Eastlea staff and students (picture: Ben Moss) - Credit: Ben Moss

Satya Nadella, the chief executive of Microsoft, visited Eastlea Community School to see what students were doing with a tiny computer.

The MicroBit is going to be given to every Year 7 student in the country as part of the BBC’s Make it Digital project.

Students at the Pretoria Road school had been given early access to the device and showed Mr Nadella, as well as the BBC’s director-general, Lord Hall, their inventive ways to program it.

“We were lucky enough to have an early taster, we were loaned a small number of MicroBits and we had the chance to see what we could do,” said assistant principal Nazanin Shirani.


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“We have had the opportunity to work closely with both Microsoft and the BBC and it has been an amazing experience for all of us.”

All Year 7 pupils were involved in the MicroBit pilot in lessons and lunch clubs.

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Eighteen were able to meet Mr Nadella and be filmed for the BBC.

“It’s not just about coding in the digital world but it’s about being able to connect it to the analogue world now and make things happen in the physical space,” Mr Nadella told the BBC.

“The fact that we’ve now brought it to where a school kid can in fact chase their dream of building a game or building a new type of vehicle, those are the kinds of projects that are very awesome to see.”

Eastlea has long had a technology specialism and has invested heavily in all aspects.

It runs a digital club where students can learn to use new innovations such as 3D printers as well as lessons in how to code.

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