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Beetle blocks and turtle art

For the next three weeks we were set with the task of making a shape then repeating it to make a thing to 3d print. my goal is to make a repeated nonagon.



This is a simple nonagon code. I also have a screen cast explaining the code.

This is the division block what it does is you write 360 and then the number of sides you want  on your shape. Then it will give you the right amount of sides if your code lets you do that.



Repeated nonagon


This is a repeated nonagon.


This is the code for the repeated nonagon. Here is a screen cast explaining the code











Nonagon going up the z axes. Here is a screen cast explaining the code.




This is a nonagon on rotating around the x axes to make a cool ball. Here is a screen cast explaining my code and what it does.



Turtle Art

This week 5C started creating on Turtle Art. First we played around with the blocks and then we were sent tasks to complete. Here is how I did them:

1. First we were asked to see what was same/different  between Beetle Blocks and Turtle Art. Here is what i found


  • Uses Math Blocks
  •  Uses Turtle/Beetle
  • Turtle Art is 2D
  • Beetle Blocks is 3D

Challenge #2

Next we were challenged to recreate the polygons we made in Beetle Blocks. Here

is what I did:


Here I recreated my Nonagon. The code is very similar because I used the same variables and I used the division block again.



Challenge  #3

Next we were challenged to recreate our rotational design using our polygons.Here you can see I used my Nonagon code from before and added a little bit on. I added on the Repeat 14 block above my Repeat 9 block so it will actually make the Nonagon 14 times. Then under all of that i added the turn right block and the forward block. These will make the same shape turn 360 divided by 14 forming the finished shape.


challenge #4

Next we had to change the pen size to improve the shape. this is what it looks like.


Here it is with the pen size changed. The pen size block determines how big/small the line will be.


Challenge #5

Next we were challenged to change the colour to improve our shapes.







This challenge simpler than the other challenge but it was interesting because the colours were sorted by numbers. So for example if you typed in 93 you would get a hot pink or if you type in 49 you will get an aqua. I found these colours because Mrs Watson sent us a chart with the colours and numbers on it. This is what the chart looked like:



Challenge #6

I tried multiple times to get you a video of my code but my computer sound was not working and my code was to hard to do a written explanation so I am sorry I could not get the video for you but here is a photo of the code.












I am really disappointed that my computer was playing up for the last part but all together I really liked the last 3 weeks in design.

Parts,Purposes and Complexitys

for the next 3 weeks 5C are working on a robotics rotation about tinkering with pieces of technology. We had to do write in our design book the school system with parts, people and interactions



This is my drawing of my object and the parts and purposes. after I had done that I started to take my thing apart


This is my Rubik’s game it is like a light game










I started to take my thing apart.


I started with the frame I needed to get that off so I could see inside.


Then iI disconnected the frame from the outer shell.



This is what the inside looks like from different angles.


After i had taken appart my object

i got together with Will and Oliver to make an upcycled object we decided to make a vending machine.

This is a video of the machine working    




This term we where set with the task of learning to code a Sphero using java script and block code. Our goal is to make a skatepark for the Sphero to be programmed to ride in it.


The first block challenge I was not there for but I was there for the other three


The toss game/challenge 2

So the aim of the toss game is to code the sphero so when you toss the sphero wile sitting down and when you toss the sphero at the right height it would make a random animal sound and you have to guess it.  So how we did the animal sound was we went to the sound blocks and go to the random sound block  and switched the sound to animal and then made it random animal sound


The next one the spin/challenge 3

so the spin is the harder you spin the sphero the better the lights glow. So the cool block in the code for this is the main led block so when you place the block in your code it will change the lights of the sphero


The last one hot potato/challenge 4

so the aim of the game is to  toss the around the sphero in a circle and hope the sphero doesn’t change colour on you. The cool block on this game is the random block so you add a number so you have a chance and then add a max number so it doesn’t go too long.



we then started on our project

we decided that we where going to make a skate park

so we needed some materials to build it so we needed card board, and hot glue

so what we did was get 2 bits of card board and stick them together like a ramp to make the spine ramp


Then what we did awas made a box ramp. So we got a rectangular pice of  cardboard and lightly cut it into 3rds

I also brought in a ramp from home to ad on to the park


So then we needed to code the sphero to do the skate park

This is the code so what it makes the sphero do is complete the skate park



The first bit of the code meant that it had to go at a speed  for however many seconds we coded it for

This is the final product of it working

I learnt a lot a bout how t use and code a sphero in those 3 weeks I am exited for what is next.

Haunted house mini golf hole

This term we were set with the task of making a mini golf hole. our initial  goal for our hole was to have more complex golf hole including technology .  We wanted to make it a bit harder to make so we set out to have some spinning graves a door that moves open and closed and a light in a window of the house we used Lego for the graves and the doors and humming bird for the light in the house and.                                      this is our spinning graves. this is a video of the code and explaining it and a video of it working

My first thought of a hole was making an under the sea themed golf hole but then we thought of making a haunted house themed  one. This is our design for our hole it has our goal the technology we are using.

So we started to make it. hear is a list of the things we needed for the building part

  • wood
  •  liquid nails
  • spray paint
  • plastic characters






We started with a peace of wood that we cut the edges of to make it a bit harder. Then we found a old small doll house so we spray painted to make it look more scary. then we added some off cuts to make an extra obstacle. Then we liquid nailed some plastic characters on the house to make it look a bit better.


Now the tech neology


The first bit of technology was the rotating graves

Things we used

  • cardboard
  • rectangle connector
  • blue tack
  • motor
  • connecting cable
  • brick

We cut the card board into 2 grave shapes then we got a rectangle connector and blue tacked it to the  card board shapes then we progr

ammed it to rotate at speed 30 spinning 360 degrees and rotates 999 times so that is the rotating graves.


The second thing we did was the light in the house

We used a humming bird and programmed it so that when we start the code it will produce a good looking light inside the house



Now the doors the doors are an important part of the project


  • card board
  • tape
  • axle
  • motor
  • connecing cord

So first we cut 2 door shapes out of some card board and then decorated them so they look more like doors. Then we got some tape and taped 2 axles on each door so the doors can connect to the motor. Hear is a video of the doors working and explaining the code.


now the challenges

  1. when we started the spinning graves we drilled the holes to close to the off cuts on the hole so  what we had to do was drill more holes so that when we played the program the graves dont hit the off cuts.
  2. when we tried out the course there was a snake next to the hole and so when you hit the ball  it gets stuck behind the snake


along the way we had heaps of problems but I think my team did really well to work around them. I Think every one did every thing to the best to there ability and a big thanks to every one that helped us along the way they where a big part in our project


I think that all of us have learnt a lot



what we accomplished was not what I expected in the way that we had Sam come in half way and that made our goal a lot easier to accomplish. Big thanks to Will Porter, Henry Miller and Sam Stewart for helping me learn and know what I know today. our project looks better than I ever expected

now the people

Henry Miller did the grave stones

Sam did the doors

and will and I did the building part



that is the review of my groups mini golf hole thanks for reading and listening


kites investigation 2

kites investigation 1

aussie foods Makey-makey project

i did the Makey-makey Australian foods project so when you hold the earth and touch the food it tells you a fact/facts about that particular food.

this project is about the culture of our Australian snacks the aim of this project is to teach kids and people from other countries about our foods we have hear i think it is important for people to know what foods we have hear in australia befor they come here. I think I could use this again when a visitor is over from another country so they can learn some information. we made it by getting cardboard  and pins and connected the Makey-makey and know it works really well.

Vegemite Facts

The formula is kept a secret

Like many iconic food brands, Vegemite keeps their exact recipe a fiercely Guarded secret

 It’s name was picked out of a hat

To drum up the publicity around their new product, The Fred Walker Company launched a nationwide competition to name it ahead of its debut. Hundreds of submissions were collected and Walker’s daughter pulled the winning entry out of a hat. The coiners of the name “Vegemite” were awarded $50 prize.


Arnott’s Facts

For 150 years, Arnott’s has been baking quality into our biscuits using finest ingredients. From sweet to savoury, chocolate to fruit, indulgence to simple pleasures.


Tim Tam Facts

Aussies eat 45 million packets of Tim Tams a year

Tim Tams went on the markets in February 1964

They were named after a horse after it won the Kentucky Derby in 1958



Bunnings Snag

At Bunnings you find in the carpark the most Genuine Snag of all time.



Fairy Bread Facts

Fairy Bread is a piece of bread (preferred white bread) with butter spread with delicacy and coated in sprinkles.


Chicken Parmi Facts

The Chicken Parma is most known for its Parmigiano cheese.



Milo Facts

Milo is a powered flavouring that is put in hot or cold water or milk to make a chocolate flavoured drink. Milo started to be produced in the great depression to help children get enough nutrients into their diets.


this is my design in my book.

I loved making this project  and I am now doing humming bird

I found connecting the Makey-makey hard  because we had to hear witch fact  was witch.

I also found it hard to get facts about the foods

micro bit


this is a BBC micro bit and this is a move mini. Me and Oliver  programmed it to move in a circle . we also put a pen in it so it could draw. this term I have learnt heaps of stuff about micro bit and I cant weight to go on to the next thing. me and Oliver are working on humming bird micro bit it is really hard.

micro bit learning

this is my 1st micro bit code ever! it was hard to start of with but now i have got the hang of it.

This is the micro bit home page as you can see the kids on the front made watches with them. Hear is a video of my magic 8 ball project. When you shake the micro bit it says “ask a question then comes up with an 8. Then you can ask a question then it come up with an answer. The 2nd thing I made rock paper sizers. You can play with your friends by saying  rock paper sizers wile shaking the micro bit then it comes up with an answer.

makey-makey instrment

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