Primary schoolchildren are being given the chance to brush up on their computer skills as part of British Science Week.

A free workshop, which is being carried out by technology education specialists ComputerXplorers Middlesex, will see participants use a micro:bit minicomputer to build a ‘jukebox’ powered by fruit.

It is part of a campaign to create entertaining and engaging activities that enhance children’s interest in science, technology, engineering and maths.

Deven Ratneshwar, director of ComputerXplorers Middlesex, explained that the workshops not only teach skills but encourage children to become “digital creators” by stretching their abilities and trying new things.

He said: “We all consume digital media every day, but there is still a misconception that programming and coding is only for technology specialists.

“Our micro:bit workshops and activity download prove that this isn’t true. With a little bit of guidance, even young children can have enormous fun using a micro:bit to make games, send coded messages, and communicate with light and music.

“The fruit control aspect is a bit of fun but more importantly, this experience of programming sets them on a path to engage positively with technology throughout their education.”

His group is also offering pupils and teachers the opportunity to download an activity sheet – ‘Light up Your World’ – which can be used at home or in schools.

It gives a clear, step-by-step guide, which sets out how to create a light sensor using a micro:bit with JavaScript Blocks Editor.

It also shows children how to programme their micro:bits to display different images depending on the level of the light source.

Visit to download the activity sheet and register your interest for the workshop.