Today day saw the year4s from The Valley primary school visit us for their computer science trip. This class used Lego WeDo2 to building their robot.
First, they built Milo, he was simple to build but this then gave the children the opportunity to investigate how the program worked and to develop and build on given code, use loops & coding challenges.
After lunch, we built a robot that was more complex to build and when programmed could move objects.
As you can see from the photos, we all had a great time!
We have seen lots of classes from The Valley Primary School, visiting our training centre to take part in our education days. Today was year5s turn, they said they seemed to have been waiting for ages!
Below are highlights from the trip, an excellent day all round 🙂
Today we welcomed Year6s from The Valley.
Their challenge was to build a robot add colour sensor and ultra sonic sensor.
Challenge one – to program the robot using the line sensor to sense the black line, once that works to then pause , reverse and change directions … oh did we mention we want it to move continuously !
Challenge two – to make a new line of code using ultrasonic sensor, when it senses an object in front of it, to pause, reverse and change directions don’t forget we want it to move continuously !
What a great finish to a very busy week, year2 from St Joseph’s RC primary came for a Lego Day.
In the morning we built Milo the Robot, we added an object sensor so he would not bump into anything, but the very best bit was having races! Sometimes we would count down and not all of our Milos set off, we worked together checking our programs and then tried again – this is called debugging in computing terms!
You can see in the video below our races were great fun.
We had to break Milo up, ready for our new robot after lunch. Our challenge after lunch was to build a robot that could pull different objects, we did find that after some testing we had to swap the wheels over to rubber ones as this meant they could put heavier objects.
We all agreed we had a great day and a lot better than spelling test Friday!!
We would love to hear your comments if you attended this trip.
Great finish to the end of our second week back , we were joined by year three’s from St Joseph’s RC primary. Last time this class came to SICT they used the original Lego WeDo, this year we were using our new sets of WeDo2 in the morning we made Milo and got to grips with programming him and using the sensor block.
In the afternoon we used the guided project – Moon Base – you can see from the video highlights we were very pleased with the end results. A great of fun and learning.
Lego Mindstorm with St Peters Farnworth.
Today we had the pleasure of welcoming St Peter’s Farnworth to Bolton Schools ICT. What is it with St Peter’s, last year they stopped off at BSTC, this year one of the mini busses wouldn’t start!
So we started the session focusing our computational minds using the ALEX app to program the robot to move across arrange of floor design.
Once our robots were built, Mr Mills gave us a brief overview of the Mindstorm programming software, let the challenges begin.
Challenge one – to program the robot using the line sensor down attachment to sense the black line, once that works to then pause , reverse and change directions … oh did we mention we want it to move continuously !
Challenge two – so as well as looking for the black line by using the ultrasonic sensor, when it senses an object in front of it, to pause, reverse and change directions don’t forget we want it to move continuously !
To see more photos from todays visit, visit the Yr6 school blog page
Our first school trip of the new academic year – Lego Mindstorm with Year6.
So here are the highlights from our first school trip of the autumn term – Lego Mindstorm with the year6s from St Josephs RCP.
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!
They left Smithills at lunch off to their next adventure … Den Building!
Over the last couple of years St Joseph’s RCP have sent each of their year2 classes upwards for a day of Computer Science.
This year we decided that we could not leave the year1s outs any longer … we think you can see we had a great day, see you next year!
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!