HummingBird

 

My initial goal is to…….

Create a made up creature called the Mabel that lives in the table using cardboard, motors and sensors. The Mabel is a very big parasite that lives inside tables. Here is a scan of my design.

 

Here are the parts, purposes and complexities of my design:

 

 

This is the first iteration of my creature’s system:

[insert video explanation]

[insert screencast of most challenging programming sequence]

 

The parts which were the most challenging were…….

 

I was able to get these working by……..

 

 

The second iteration of my creature’s system is to…..

 

 

Here are the parts, purposes and complexities of the additions to my design:

[insert scan from design book]

 

 

This is the second iteration of my creature’s system:

[insert video explanation]

[insert screencast of most challenging programming sequence]

 

The parts which were the most challenging were…….

 

I was able to get these working by……..

 

 

This is a short film of my learning journey throughout this project:

 

 


 

Lego Robotics

My initial goal is to…….

make a claw machine using a EV3 Brick and some Lego bits.

 

Here are the parts, purposes and complexities of my design:

Parts: motor, axle, claw, battery

Purpose: a machine that grabs items

Complexities: the motor turns the gear as well as the axle. The axle is fixed to the claw. when the axle turns it moves the claw.

This is the first version of my Lego EV3 project:

my code.

 

Here are the parts, purposes and complexities of (the additions to) my design:

 

 

This is the second iteration/model of my Lego EV3 project:

after this I added a bit more but I didn’t have enough time to make a video. I basically added wheels using another motor and some ball bearings, also I created a holder for the brick on top of the machine.

 

 

The parts which were the most challenging were…….

The movement of the motor because for some reason my timing for how long it moved up and down was too long.

I was able to get these working by……..

making it shorter than a second.

 

This is a short film of my learning journey throughout this project:

 

 

A Recent History Of Australia’s Prime Ministers

A Recent History Of Australia’s Prime Ministers


Harry and I are working on a project together. We intend to provide information about the six most recent prime ministers. To do this we will construct a machine that will give information by a voice  speaking to the user. This will include their names and how long the prime ministers were in power for. I expect that you will learn how we construct our machine. I hope you enjoy!

 

Building The Structure (Lesson 1)


We have built a shell and created a flap at the back of the box to give access to the makey makey which will be placed inside. We added a handle to the flap to make it easier to open and close. Here are some progress pictures.

Connecting The Circuits (Lesson 2)


We have taped a black piece of paper to the front of the box. To this we stuck the names of the prime ministers and each of these will have its own foil tab (see pictures below). Harry and I stabbed holes through the cardboard for foil to come through. The foil has been connected to the makey makey using an alligator clip.

We then built the earth wire part of the circuit (the part of the makey makey that completes the electrical circuit, allowing it to work). We clipped a wire to the base of the makey makey. The user will hold the other end of the wire when operating the machine. Then when they touch the foil under a prime minister’s name, the machine will tell them what they need to know about that prime minister.

Decorating the front and back of the box (Lesson 3)


We created a billboard / sign that advertises the what the machine does. Also we have stuck some sticky tape to the board to help it stand up. At the back of the box we have attached a cord to Harry’s computer so at the presentation will be easier to set up. We will put a speaker inside the machine so you can here the voice more clearly. here are some progress pictures.

Completing the box (Lesson 4)


Today Harry and I finished the box. This included colouring in the sides which have M’s coloured in red, white and yellow to resemble the make makey that is placed inside. We also poked holes through the sides of the box so that when we place the mini speaker inside, the sound will be projected and the voice will be much louder and clearer. If you would like to see some photos of our work, look down below.

As you can see the second two M,s are a bit rushed because the design lesson was about to end but the first two M,s are more detailed because we had more time to draw them. Also, we did add on some extra stands underneath the billboard to help it stand up because it was very droopy. Unfortunately I do not have any pictures that show you the development our box.

 

Our Scratch code


This is our code on scratch for our project.

 

Reflection


overall I think that we went pretty smoothly throughout our project. I’m most happy about Harry and I actually getting our machine done. But I also think that we could have improved on our creativity. The billboard worked out very well and that was my favourite part of the project. If I had the chance to go back and do it again then I would change the design of the box to something more stable. There small problems along the way, like the billboard went floppy half way through so we had to reinforce it will some cardboard stabilizers. Next time we have a task that needs a partners I am going to choose some I wouldn’t usually work with.

Microbit

Microbit

These are screen snips of the coding I have completed over the last few design lessons (I apologise that the screen snips are a bit blurry). I have finished some of the beginner activities provided by Microbit. For example: the Magic 8 Ball, Dice, Temperature and Smiley Buttons. So far I have learnt how to program simple things using the coding blocks but I am still in the process of learning the rest. To help avoid errors in my code, I could work on following the website instructions more carefully.

So far, I have learnt:

  •  How to fix small errors in my coding
  •  How to create my own working projects
  •  Where to put the coding blocks