week 1

on Thursday the 12 of October we started a new subject in design. The new subject is called Makey Makey. in Makey Makey you get a motherboard, alligator clips, connector wires and USB cord.



To use Makey Makey you have to connect one clip to a part of the motherboard and you have to hold so that the electrical current can flow threw you and then when you touch the other object with an other clip it will let the motherboard know what to do on the computer.

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I loved learning how to use Makey Makey and i learnt how electrical currents work and how alligator clips can help to transport electricity. I also learnt some things that are good conductress of electricity like coins, Oreo, play dough and much more. I loved how we learnt a lot about electricity. I can’t wait for next week and what we are going to do.




Today The seventh of august i got picked out of 5 from the robotics group and 5 from the scratch and for the week we where to do sewing for the week. I had never done sewing before and didn’t know how to use a machine. The first few days where practising to use the sewing machines and to do straight stitch but what is straight stitch? Straight is a stitch witch is just stitching forwards with a straight line. It is mainly used to stitch two things together.

Then that we knew how  to sew with a machine we where given the task to find and print some templates of things that we where going to make into a pattern here is a stitched pattern.

with the templates we had to trace them onto some felt and cut the felt out into the shapes we chose. I chose a circle and some different types of stars. Then using a strait stitch we stitched them all together like the image above.  This was great fun and i loved learning how to sew and sewing my first few pieces of felt and altogether great to do.


Today 4th of August i finished the week of scratch this week we had to make an account, make a sprite dance, only use 10 bricks and created a studio i was put into the other group which was scratch from Lego robotics to learn about my Lego robotics here is a link to my Lego robotics copy and paste onto the internet tab to see it :


Here is me explaining what i did for the dancing project :

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It was great learning how to make my guys dance and to put music in my project which i think will really help with my learning of scratch. I also did a project where i was given 10 different blocks and had to do something with them but i could use them as many times as i want. eg. i could use move forward 10 3 times. here are all the blocks i could use

– When this Sprite is Clicked
– Repeat X times
– Wait X seconds
– Play sounds until done
– Set size to X
– Hide
– Show
– Say for X seconds
– Glide X secs to X:— Y:—
– Go to X:— Y:—

Here is mine


copy and paste this to the web browser see my project


I learnt how to make a project with a limited amount of blocks i loved having limited blocks and challenging myself and i can’t wait for next lesson.


Monday 28th of august


Today in scratch we had to make a project called build a band. Build a band is where you program different buttons to play songs.  For example if key 1 pressed play a song. The songs i put in mine where Mama, Running away, friend and spectre. it was hard to get all the songs together but easy to program. Here is my project:

If you want to see the project search archtheboss on the scratch website and find the one called build a band and this should be it. The hardest part was picking the songs.


We also did a project called it’s alive where you have to make something move to look like it’s alive i did a basketball into the ring so it moves up the screen and gets smaller so it looks like it’s getting further away and in the ring. The hardest part was moving it to be in line with the basketball ring to get the ball in. If you want to see the project search archtheboss on the scratch website and find the one called it’s alive basket ball. I can’t wait for next session to see what other fun things we will do.













Lego robotics

Today Friday the 28th of July half of year five was put in a robotics group for a week and a scratch group the next week and the other way around for other half. I was in the robotics group and our challenge was to a go around a strait line and a circle by going left then right on a black line. Mine sadly didn’t work because i missed the first session  only had one session. here is a video of my first attempt:


I have changed my program bur i didn’t have time to test it so it may or may not work

here is a photo of my program :


It is supposed to go right till it sees the black line then left then right etc.

I learnt how to use the forever block which makes the program inside it do the program forever . and also the switch block which makes a decision depend on what your two answers are mine where if it sees black turn right but if not turn left.

I loved the robotics week and learnt a lot.

Today Wednesday The 23rd of august i was back in the robotics group and today and for the rest of the week we have to finish: black straight line, Black straight line and when i touch the touch censor it turns 180 degrees and come back, The black oval, the black oval and stop with the touch censor, The oval and stop after a whole oval, a swirvy line where i have to do the type like left right when sees the black but on a swirvy line and also the mars rover challenge where you have to program your robot to do a course for example go pick up some meteorites and back to base then send up a satellite etc Here is some other people doing it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrCNUchzlwc&list=PLtOYjIUMwEckD5G-O7nVTUtk0NyzFW492&index=3       highlight and right this link and press on go to https://… this should show you all the things to on the mars rover challenge.b Here is the black line and turn around and back  WIN_20170822_14_48_35_Pro-16geavy

We also did a app called sphero on our i phones and all devices. we went in partners and we shared a device. We had to download the app Sphero edu   and use that we started a new program. Here is the sphero we used :

we had to use one of the three ways to program or move it the three ways are drive, draw and program drive is where you can chose the sphero’s  colour, speed and use a stick to drive it around and you can also aim which way to start facing here is what the things look like on the app:

There is also draw  where you draw what you want it to do on a Cartesian plane. Example draw your name and the Sphero will do it or a circle. You can also change colour and speed. There is program which where you place blocks on top of each other and the Sphero will do it example roll for 1 second at speed 80 and facing 0 degrees.

With the sphero’s we had to go around shapes like triangles and squares i did the square. Next lesson i hope to be able to do the rectangle or triangle.




Melting pot reflection

Melting pot is an awesome book about a kid called Edward and his father is Chinese and his mother is European. He has a hard time at school being picked on by bigger kids because how he looks different and because the other kids parents are ignorant and that means that they don’t get what the Chinese ways are. But when his cousin Elizabeth comes over to do the jobs around the house it all gets worse for him. she is being racist and mean because he is half-Chinese. But then Edward finds out that she is parroting the words of her father he is really surprised. Her father does not accept Chinese and say they “should not be here because they are not good enough” and their are better people. the immigration law is a rule that not naturalised Australians can’t come from China his father is trying to change it. Edward has to go to china to meet the rest of his family but will he be able to return? This is a great book and can teach you a lot about foreign country’s like China. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in learning about another country. out of 5 stars I rate this book 4.

Origami fraction pinwheel

Today 14 of June 5c had to make and Origami fraction pinwheel. What is an Origami pinwheel ? An Origami pinwheel is a square with some fractions and it had 3 different colours Yellow, Red and blue . In it and we had to find what fractions each colour has. We can fold the quarters to make different patterns with different fractions of each colour. Here is my origami pinwheel:

Here are my other folds I did:





here is a link to a video of the top image and each fraction and colour:

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I learnt that there are a lot of ways to make equivalent fractions and 1 simple fold can change a lot of numbers. I loved making Origami pinwheels although they where a bit tough to make I love playing around and learning fractions at the same time.


Allegro day!

Today Monday the 29th of may year 5 where taken on a great trip to the Keith Humble centre to share our  musical instrument most of us started a new instrument at the start of the yet but some of us had already learnt and have private lessons. We could chose from trumpet, trombone, clarinet and flute I started learning the flute at the start of the year and I have had a great time so far.

It was a great day and all the parents where invited to watch us play our instruments. Most of the day was spent rehearsing and practicing. We all did great performance and had a great time playing our chosen instruments. The day started by us rehearsing and then we went out for recess. Then more practising and then we played a game with our instruments where each instrument had a different rhythm. We had to listen then place the cards with the beat and with do, ray, mi, so, and la and we had a scoreboard. The winners where the flutes so we won.

Kites investigation

Today year 5 were given the challenge to get into a partner and to find the degrees of each angle of a kite.

Here is a video of our kites investigation:

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I learnt that 2 45 degrees angles = a right angle which is 90 degrees.I learnt that in a kite the obtuse angle is 110 degrees. I also learnt that the top angle is 90 degrees angle is a right angle. I learnt that all quadrilaterals angles have to =  up to 360 degrees.


Lego robotics!

WIN_20170609_12_45_03_Pro-1rj9cyksreen cast movie maker trimed FFS-vfmpj9Today in Design, year 5 had to start our Lego robotics unit. The aim was to create our own program to perform a chosen task.

What is a program? A program is a script that you can teach a robot to do. For example, I made a script for a robot to perform a hi-five.   The script looks like this –  elevate right leg 10 cm, move right leg forwards 20 cm then lower right leg 10 cm then instead of doing it over and over and over again you could change the right leg to left leg then repeat.  Then the script would say elevate right arm 90 degrees and step.

Then we were put into groups and taught about the building of the Lego Robot and that the most important piece was the piece that you would put the script in with the battery that we would need to charge each night.  Mr McKie taught us about the program and that we would need to build a Lego car to perform the program. My group are nearly done building the car to program. I learnt a lot from the first session, like how to program and that you could even program Lego to move. It was a great first session and I can’t wait until the next.

Here is a link to a time lapse of us building the car:

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How will robots help us in 20 years?

The challenge

Today year 5 was given the challenge to use the three ways of moving our lego robots between 2 lines and back. The three ways are seconds, rotation and degrees. seconds is that you tell the robot for example to go forwards for 3 seconds and then turn for 1 second and go forwards for 3 again. Degrees is how much your wheel spins for example 1 spin is 360 and 2 wheel spins are 720. The other way of movement is  Rotation is the same as degrees but you write how many time you want the wheel to rotate for example rotate 4 times and then turn left for 1 rotation.

here is my program

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The first yellow block is the start block that you need for the robot to start. The red motor is what type of motor you are using. The arrow is what degrees its going at. The speedometer is how fast it goes. And because I have it set on seconds the timer is how long it goes for. The play button means that it will stop after its done. The B+C in the top right are wich cable points the cables have to go in. I found out why it wasn’t working it wasn’t because of the degrees of the turn but because I had it set on that the wheel would turn but I was supposed to have it set on seconds. So I changed it and it worked.

Today Friday the 9th of June in design year 5 where introduced to the 4 sensors on our lego ev3 robot The first one was the touch sensor, The ultrasonic sensor, The light sensor and the gyroscope sensor. The touch sensor works if you put it on your robot and connect it to it when it hits something it will do something for example when it hit a wall I will turn 90 degrees then go forwards. the ultrasonic sensor sends sound waves and when they come back to it. It measures the distance away from the robot. For example I could say that when it get 3cm away from an object turn left 60 degrees then go backwards for 3 seconds. The light sensor is a sensor that detects how much light frequencies come back because it sends light out and detects how much comes back for example if the colour its on is dark like black not as much frequencies come back because dark colours like black absorbs the light so not as much come back but a bright colour like yellow reflects the light and more frequencies come back. The gyroscope sensor for lego robotics is a sensor that can measure the degrees of fall from -440 to +440. For example when it get to a 20 degree fall slow down from 100-50 so it doesn’t tip over. Like when you are walking down a hill you slow down so you can keep balanced and not tip. Here is a video of my first attempt of the light sensor:


It didn’t work because I had it set on seconds which means that the robot goes for a set amount of seconds but then I found that I didn’t work because I needed to set it just to on so it goes for ever till it hits that colour and then does the next think I programmed it to. I also learnt a new block to use it’s called the wait block it’s when it hit the colour it will wait then do something. I finished the around the table and around the stool I also needed to finish one where I had to do to 2 on the baseball diamond and back to 1. I finished them all. Here is a link to the half way and back to 1:


Here is a link to the whole baseball diamond:


Touch sensor 

Today I started  with new sensor it is called the touch sensor. The touch sensor works if you put it on your robot and connect it to it when it hits something it will do something for example when it hit a wall I will turn 90 degrees then go forwards. our first challenge was to make it goo forwards hit the wall and then stop we had to use the wait block this time.

here is my programme for the hit the wall and stop challenge :

here is a link to a screen cast on what all the parts do:

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so I completed the first challenge and here is my robot doing it:


I also completed another challenge which was one where I had to programme it to hit a wall go backwards and then right turn 90 degrees. I finished that one but didn’t get a video of it working.

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I loved learning about a new sensor and I am loving learning new stuff to do in ev3 Lego robotics. I am loving ev3 Lego robotics so far and cant wait till next lesson.

this session we where introduced into a new sensor the ultrasonic sensor sends light waves out and when they come back to it. It measures the distance away from the robot. For example I could say that when it get 3 cm away from an object turn left 60 degrees then go backwards for 3 seconds. The challenge was to get 10 cm away and then come back so here is my programme:


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