Continuing the theme … St Brendan’s RoboWars Morning

It’s a busy week for school trips this week, today saw the Year5s from St Brendan’s visit – but only for the morning, so continuing yesterday theme of RoboWars the challenge was set.

First they built the pulley robot – as a trial – once programmed & changed different wheels etc these prototypes were broke it up ! Our challenge was to built our own robot in 45mins ready for a RoboWars Tug of War.

Here are the highlights!


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They left Smithills at lunch off to their next adventure … Den Building!

Lego Mindstorm with STOC

This week saw two year 6 classes, from St Thomas of Canterbury visit our training centre, and what a fabulous two days we have had.

Using Lego Mindstorm the pupils worked in groups to build their robot and then work into pair for the programming challenge. We discussed how detailed programming needs to be because if steps are missed out, it just won’t work!

The Table Challenge:

  • Using the colour sensor to sense a black line, reserve slight and change direction.
  • Using the ultra sonic sensor to detect an object, again reserve and change direction.
  • Having then added an additional touch sensor, use this to start the program and make it run for 20 seconds !

See the highlights from both visits below, would be great to hear your comments if you attended these days!

St Gregory’s RC Primary claim their Online Safety prize!

Earlier on in the year we ran our Online Safety competition for primary schools linked to Safer Internet Day  We were please to announce that St Gregory’s RC primary won!

Their prize was a trip to our training centre for a day of computing using Lego. We had a selection of children from year3 – year6, some used Lego WeDo2 and some used Lego Mindstorm.

Here are our highlights.

Let’s get ready to Lego Mindstorm

As well as The Valley primary school we also has a visit from the year6s from St Joseph’s RC Primary . This was their second visit to SICT for a Computer Science day and the challenge was set:

  • Build the Mindstorm robot,
  • step up to the challenge table,
  • program the robot to sense the black line and change directions
  • then extend the program – if the robot senses an object again change direction.
  • Take a look at their video highlights

Gilnow yr5s @BoltonSICT

IMG_0594We were very excited about Gilnow year5s coming to see us. Their focus for the day was to use  the new Lego Mindstorm – building Lego robots and then completing the programming challenges.  When the children started to program there were lots of aspects to consider: programming use of sounds, programming loops or repeats, directions and how speed could make the challenge easier or hardier for whoever was playing.

The children from Gilnow had a great day and we @BoltonSICT said that they were great ambassadors for their school .

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And the winners are ….

Online Safety Competition VeeMakinOnce again a fantastic response from Bolton schools.
Thank you to all schools that supported this years Online Safety competition.

There were posters, collages, Power points, board games, coding games, raps and songs, stop motion videos, models and even an edible e-safety cookie!

Here are some of the highlights.

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