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.

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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St Peter’s Farnworth visit BoltonSICT

Today we were really looking forward to our trip to St Peter’s Farnworth visiting Bolton Schools ICT, they had a little extra excitement on our way to Smithills, as they called off via Bolton Science Technology Centre first!

So once the 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 move in a straight line (but not over the black line) turn at 90° then 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.

Challenege two – was a little trickier, the groups now used the colour sensor and then had to program their robot to stop on at designated colour and turn 90°, straight on and the turn again.

If you attended this trip, share your highlights.

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.

Computing Subject Leaders – Autumn Update

CurriculumLogoA great way to start to the new academic year – with a computing leads update.

A busy day was planned: having  rolled out our new Office365 email we heard from Ian Mills about the other features that schools could start to think about using. We spent time sharing good practice across each others schools and had time to look at resources to support computing.

We heard an inspirational talk from Devonshire Road school about their blogging success and the importance of giving the children a real purpose to write for -thank you.

In the afternoon we heard from Mark Capaldi the head of computing at Sharples Secondary as to what their expectation would be from our year6s.

Then the fun began: Collaborative learning using office365 online apps; games based learning and Lego WeDo & Mindstorm .

If you attended this session would be great to hear your feed back .

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