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Getting Started

Let’s get started with Workbench

Visit WORKBENCH website

Visit our partner site, Workbench. This is the block-based coding platform used in our Learn to Code course.

Make sure Bluetooth on your device is turned on.

Is my device compatible?

Charge your SAM Blocks

Make sure your blocks are ready to use.

The light will turn green when the block is fully charged.

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Pair your SAM Blocks

Open Workbench.
Turn on your SAM Block.
Click ‘DEVICES’ and select the block from the list.
Click ‘CONNECT’ and ‘Pair’.

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Get started with micro:bit

Use our ‘Get Started with micro:bit’ guide (provided in the Learn to Code Course) to download the hex file required to utilize the micro:bit on Workbench.

Connect the micro:bit battery.
Click ‘DEVICES’ and select micro:bit from the list.
Click ‘CONNECT’ and ‘Pair’.

What’s next?

Download our Learn to Code Lesson Packs

Kickstart the Learn to Code Course with our Starter Lessons, followed by our standards-aligned Lesson Packs, which guide students to create programs using Workbench.

The Learn to Code lessons are structured around a mission that the character, Sam, needs to complete. Each pack contains an easy-to-follow Lesson Plan, supporting Lesson Slides, interactive Misson Journal and Step-by-Step student resource.

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