Lego MindStorm with Devonshire Road

What a great way to finish this half term, we had both year6 classes visit from Devonshire Road Primary.
Class 6H had extra excitement as their bus broke down on the way to our centre! The classes were split into groups of four, their first challenge to overcome was to build both the sides of the robot simultaneously.
After lunch the programming challenges began:
Challenge1 a brief overview of the Mindstorm programming software and the aim was to program the robot to get as near to the wall but not touching. The pupils had to consider distance travelled, speed and wheel rotation, they could only have three attempts. You can see in the videos how successful the groups where.
Challenege2 was a little trickier as the groups added a colour sensor and then had to program their robot to stop on a designated colour.
Both classes worked collaboratively, learning new skills from each other – both the pupils and staff agreed that they had a great day.

LegoMindStorm with StJoseph’s RC Primary

Finally,  it was the turn of the Year 6s to have their trip to Smithills and a day of computer science. We were really looking forward to this trip especially as Mrs Lyons had rang us to see if we want to get the big boxes of Lego out … Lego MindStorm !

The class worked in teams to build their robots  together in teams, WOW … when the kits were opened what a serious amount of Lego pieces!

Mr Mills set programming challenges – take a look at the video and see what they got up to.

Esafety Competition Winners – Gaskell

Earlier this year BoltonSICT ran an Esafety competition for all Bolton Primary Schools.

With the changes to the curriculum and the raised importance of children learning how to stay safe on-line. We felt that by encouraging schools to get involved with Safer Internet Day or SID2015  this was an ideal opportunity to raise the awareness and importance of safeguarding and on-line learning.

Our overall winners were Gaskell Primary & Eagley Juniors – part of their prize was a trip to our training centre for a fun packed day of Computer Science.

Here are the highlights of Gaskell’ trip.

Eagley Juniors trip highlights will follow later in the term !

Computer Science and Blogging

Well first day back after a half term and off on a school trip!

Today saw the fouth class visits from one of local schools – it was the turn of the year 5 class. They had a day packed full of learning – using Lego to build robots and then program them using WeDo software.

In the afternoon their focus was an introduction to blogging, click here to see what they though of their day

Lots of learning as you can see from the Animoto video below.

Forward Centre @BoltonSICT

IMG_2149News is continues to spread to our schools here in Bolton, regarding our computing trip. This time is was the turn of The Forward Centre to come to our training centre.

Using Lego WeDo kits, to build the Goalkeeper, programmed it. The children soon discovered why changing the speed was important – slower for  Mrs Lyons so she could score a goal and  faster when it was Mr Mills turn!

A Full Day of Computer Science

IMG_2034Today saw the third class visits from one of local schools – it was the turn of the year 4 class. They had a day packed full of learning – using Lego to build robots and then program them using WeDo software.

They then used ScratchJr to storyboard their own games – the teachers really liked this app and can’t wait to used it back in school. We finally finished the day with a session using 2Code on their schools Purplemash site.

Lots of learning as you can see from the Animoto video below.

A day of Lego & Purplemash

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Today saw the second class visits from one of local schools – it was the turn of the year 3 class. They had a day packed full of learning – using Lego to build robots and then program them using WeDo software.

In the afternoon they used Purplemash linking to their literacy theme – Traditional tales – today we asked the question :

Witch or Wizard, which are you?

They design shelves full of potions, Spooky castles and the highlight was using the MashCams to speech and record their voices as their character!

Lego let loose @BoltonSICT

News is spreading through our schools here in Bolton, regarding our computing trip. This time is was the turn of St Maxentius school to come to our training centre.

They spent the day using the Lego software WeDo, they used the ipads to record their learning. In the afternoon a small group were chosen to work with Mr Mills using the LEGO Mindstorm – just opening the box looked complicated!  Here is a video of some of the highlights:

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