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.

Highlights from our latest school education day.

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.

Welcome St Peter’s Farnworth to Bolton Schools ICT

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 !

Good Luck!

To see more photos from todays visit, visit the Yr6 school blog page

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.

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