STOC @SCIT – Computer Science Days

This we had week saw the two year6 classes visit for their annual Computer Science trip.

Using Lego Mindstorm they worked in groups to build their robot. Once it was built we discussed how detailed programming needs to be because if steps are missed out, it just won’t work! We looked at when programming the motors in at different speeds will effect how the robot moves.

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 using a great than / equals to command.
  • Using the Touch Sensor – use this sensor to start the robot.

Below can see the days highlights, through the building process and then at the challenge table.

Let’s get ready to program

Another fab end to a busy week , Oxford Groves yr6s visited us for a day of using Lego Mindstorm we worked in groups to build our robot, building the robot took most of the morning as it was rather tricky!

Once it was built we discussed how detailed programming needs to be because if steps are missed out, it just won’t work! We looked at when programming the motors in at different speeds will effect how the robot moves.

The Table Challenge:

  • Using the colour sensor to sense a black line, reserve slight and change direction.

In our photos you can see us through the building process and then at the challenge table.

Our first trip of the academic year

Our first trip of the year , and what a fabulous days we have had.

Using Lego Mindstorm we worked in groups to build our robot, building the robot took most of the morning as it was rather tricky!

Once it was built we discussed how detailed programming needs to be because if steps are missed out, it just won’t work! We looked at when programming the motors in at different speeds will effect how the robot moves.

The Table Challenge:

  • Using the colour sensor to sense a black line, reserve slight and change direction.

In our photos you can see us through the building process and then at the challenge table.

A busy day for Yr1s from St Josephs RCP Lego – BeeBots, Blue Bots, 2Go & iPads

When year1s arrived at our centre, we could tell it was going to be a good day.

Like all the other classes from St Joseph’s they were a credit to the school, they listened work collaboratively and total absorbed in their learning. they even forgot their morning snack!

You can see some of the highlight from their trip.

Two year1 classes in one day

What a busy day we had today, we had both year1 classes from Horwich Parish. Each class visited for half a day, we used Lego WeDo2 to build our Milo robot, we had to follow the instructions really carefully we programmed Milo to move forward and backwards we then added an object sensor – this meant that when we put our hands in front of Milo he stopped.

Both the pupils and teachers all agreed they had a fab day.

If you attended this trip, it would be lovely to hear what your favourite bit of the trip was?

2nd class from The Valley Primary School this week!

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!

SATs are over, let’s get programming

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 !

Ready Steady Go! #racingmilo

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.

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