belonging

What groups do you belong to?

I belong to a fencing club, a family, a group of friends and Geelong college. I also belong to moorabol strings orchestra, and swimming.

Why do we become members of a group?

We become members of a group because we might want to be ‚Äėcool‚Äô or for a group of friends because we like the people in it or seek friends from anywhere. We might join a club because we enjoy the activity or because we seek attention/friends.

What stories do we remember and retell of the groups we belong to?

From my fencing club I remember when we were doing our warmup (soccer) and the ball was kicked and hit my friends face, and her glasses broke!

Bombing Of Darwin Book Review

Bombing Of Darwin Book Review

 

The story is about a 14-year-old named Tom. Tom lives with his mum in Adelaide but they move to Darwin to join Toms father, who is working at the Warf. Toms mum manages to get a job at the Post office! With all the talk of the Japanese bombings coming closer and closer to Australia, most think the threat will never come. Tom builds a slit trench so when the Japanese come he will be prepared, but will it be used?

I liked  Bombing Of Darwin better than My Friend The Enemy because MFTE was kind of boring and without action. The same things seem to happen all through the book. Emma’s life was not very exciting, and her character was not likable.

BOD was really good, and action packed, I was also interested in the subject of the bombing. Toms life was interesting and funny in some parts. The tragedy in the story was enthralling and really hooked you. Toms character was likable.

 

 

 

 

 

I give this book a 4 2/1 out of 10 because I was hooked throughout the book and I found it both exciting and tragic. I recommend this book to everyone except people that don’t like death in books.

waterfall tour

Waterfall tour


 

As I trudge through the thick undergrowth and majestic trees, the sound of water fills my ears. A parting in the trees reveals a river gurgling in its bed of rocks. I breath in the air and the trees. One solitary tree had fallen across the rocky path, giving us an obstacle to climb over. After a few minutes we emerge from the bush.

My eyes widen as I take in the beauty, the small creek with crystal clear water running through, the mossy rocks with water cascading down and the grassy hill right next to it. We all run towards the water, to fill our drink bottles and play. I reach down and fill my hand with water, take a sip. The water is amazing, I think of Egyptian myths. It is said that water that runs through Sekhmet’s hands turns into healing water. It reminds me of that, but I doubt the water heals! I rock hop over to a stone a perch on it. Taking the lid of my drink bottle I dip it in the water and a sense of calm overcomes me. Once my  water bottle is full I screw the lid on a place in on a  rough rock. I spy a deep patch of water and walk over. Sitting on a smooth, slightly wet rock I dip my head near the sweet water and take a sip. I feel one with the wilderness. After a few sips ( and soaking hair ) I glide over to a flat rock. I rest my head on the end of it and relax. Minutes later Mr McKie calls out to us to tell us to go, I slide off my not-so-comfy bed, grab my bottle and reluctantly walk away. As we walk back to the truck I talk to my friend and we both agree it was the best liquid ever!


I learnt that I do like water ( I used to hate it ). The experience was breathtaking, I recommend everyone go there!

Password Door

This semester we got to choose our own project, and either be on our own or join a group. I chose to join a group of three, Bronte, Lottie and me. We thought of our own project, which was a password door. You would walk up to the door and press a button, the door would say ” what is the password?”.¬† You would key in the password at the keypad, if it was right the door would say ” access granted” and the door would open. if the password was wrong the door would say “access denied” and alarms would blare.

Bronte made a wooden door at her home but it was tiny, we could barely fit through it. Underneath is a picture of the door.

The first day we destroyed a computer, which was really fun. We had to undo all the screws, there is so many screws in a computer its crazy.

We found so much stuff in the computer, some of the keys had fallen of so we ripped the rest of them off, it was very fun,  but then we realised we wanted them on a keyboard not scattered around. Luckily we found a way to put them back on!!

We watched video’s of how to make password doors, we didn’t know which technology to use?

After watching some videos we decided to use Arduino¬† to make it. But we had a problem, we didn’t have all the pieces to make it!! We needed a keypad and a Arduino lock but we had to get them from Hong Kong! recently we got the key pad, but the lock is still coming.

The aim is to make the lock turn when you have keyed in the right password, if you don’t it wouldn’t open. I had a idea to put a bit of cardboard on the lock and attach it to the door. when the lock turned it would pull the card board and open the door! the next thing we will do is try to make more of the programing and make the door work

I really hope that the door will work

Yay, the lock has come!! That means we can start to assemble the keypad and lock! To show us how much time we had until it was due I made a calendar. The first one I made showed how much time we had left, eleven days!! We wanted to change the date so we had to expand our calendar. I thought Word would be the best, so I got to work. I had finished the calendar. Once I had I surveyed my work, I realised some of the dates were wrong. I looked through the whole document and found out that in the second week I had missed Wednesday! if you read through the calendar you will find the mistake!

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Once I had realised that, I went Excel to make the calendar. With a little searching I found the calendar and created it. I then printed it out. While I was doing that Lottie and Bronte tried to put the pieces together.

The next lesson was a big disaster, Bronte and I had a music lesson at the same time so Lottie couldn’t do anything! My lesson was 45 minutes and Bronte’s 30 minutes.

The next lesson Bronte was away at athletics so we didn’t do much except our timewasting¬† video log. We had multiple reshoots so it took awhile.

Bronte was still away but we decided to actually do something other than video log! we got a box from maker space and cut off the flaps on one side. we then cut down one side and voila! a foldable box/presentation. we added pictures that said WHAT WORKED, WHAT KIND OF WORKED and WHAT DIDN’T WORK. With that done we were ready! We decided that we wouldn’t add text and just talk and demonstrate!!

I think I have worked well with Lottie and Bronte! what we could work on is being  more organised!

 

Bloxels and Little-bits



Little Bits 

In year 5, to get ready for our own project we have been exploring different apps and their uses. We had a choice to do ; Makey-Makey, Little bits, Sphero’s and Bloxels. I chose to do little bits first.

I got the kit and paired up with a friend and we tried to work out how to use it, I discovered that you have to plug it into the computer to power the technology. The first circuit I made used a sliding technology  to make lights turn on and off as you slid it. Here is a picture and video below

 

 

The next circuit I made used a button that turned the lights on, all at the same time, it used the same Tec as the slide one. Here is a picture

I made a really cool touch sensor circuit, if you touched it really hard all the lights would light up, if you pressed soft, not as many lights!! Here is a picture and video of the circuit.

Bloxels 

The next thing I did was Bloxels, which is a app that helps you build character’s, games and also is a fun app to play on!

I went in a group with three others and we tried ( tried not accomplished ) to make a game called PIZZA PIG . The aim of ¬†PIZZA PIG¬†was to make your way through levels that progressed in difficulty, you “lives” were pizza’s! At the end of the game was a glorious pizza shop. Here is a picture of ‘Pizza Pig

   

This is Pizza-Pig standing, walking and jumping. Below is what the Bloxels app looks like.


Little bits

You might be thinking, “haven’t you already done Little Bits” and to anwser that ‘yes I have, but I decided to do it again with two others’. I downloaded the Little Bits app, here is what it looks like.

Using the Little Bits app to give use things to do we made, (drum roll) a electronically controlled tug of war!! The tug of war was really fun to make and even funner to play!

 

Above is the programing and below is a picture of the tug of war.

 

After the success of the TOW (Tug Of War) we looked at the other projects Little Bits had to offer and we found we could make a guitar!(electrical, mind you). It was really fun to make but actually making and colouring in a cardboard guitar and jeez, cardboard is hard to cut with normal scissor’s. As I was say, other than that is was fun, below is the program for the guitar and a picture of it!

 

 

 

 

 

Little Bits was really fun but a little bit challenging at first then got easier! I found out that it works by magnets connecting each ‘little bit’ and also circuitry !

Bloxels was fun to do and rather easy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Simple machines

 

5C have been doing simple machines and as the name suggests, we have been making simple machines like : Ferris Wheels, Merri-Go Rounds, Dysfunctional bulls and more. Since I was doing Robocop I missed doing Kennex but got to do the rest!

The first simple machine I made was a Ferris wheel. It was using a motor  so it turned around. I used Lego We-Do to program it to turn. I made the Ferris Wheel go at different speeds. Underneath are snips of the programs with captions.

slow and steady, not stopping

incredibly fast, not stopping

going, then stopping, nice slow and easy

going back and forth, certain death

 

The Ferris Wheel was successful so I went on to making a fork-lift that Lego We-Do provided. I got to the middle of the build and got bored, so¬†I transformed it into a life-threatening ride for kids [ Lego-sized] when I showed it to a friend they suggested I turn it into a bull! I added a poorly-made head and took of the seatbelt less¬†seats,¬†and voil√†!!¬†A slightly dysfunctional bull!!!! It’s head kept on falling of and the motor was in the way so I rearranged it and the head stayed on[ well it still fell off¬†]I used the same programs as the Ferris Wheel.¬†¬†Underneath is a picture of both simple machines!!

 

My next project was a dolphin  that moved on wheels, underneath is a picture of the dolphin.

 

The next project we did was a spy robot, it sensed your hand and made a sound! I didn’t find that interesting so we modified it. Below are pictures of before and after!!

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Simple machines was really fun and exciting!!

MICROWORLDS kites

‚Äĺ¬įIn MicroWorlds we have been making kites. we had to work out how to program it to do a kite. Here is a picture of the programing

                                         It took a while to work out how to make the kite but we managed.

The next lesson we where given four pieces of A-5 paper, we were puzzled! The teachers showed us how to make a kite with the paper! Here is a picture of one of the kites below.

¬†¬†¬† This is the kite marked with the degree’s of the angles.¬†The challenge¬†was¬†to¬†¬†work out the angles without using a protractor!¬†The trick was to use the other kites. We knew that the black marked angle was 90¬į so we lined up the¬†small angles and found out they were 45¬į! we used the same method for the 110¬į ones!!

Making the kites was so fun and I learnt a lot !!

Hummingbird

The past three weeks we have been doing Hummingbird, which is really fun. Hummingbird uses a circuit board and has multiple motors, sensors and more!

Our first task was to go on the Hummingbird website and do some of the projects it had to offer! The first one we did was to make a vibration¬†motor vibrate, to do that we had to put together a program. This is a snip of the programing!We also got a light to turn on and with a little¬†more programing we got three lights to turn on!¬†Hummingbird uses a board to plug in all the lights, sensors and other things. At first I couldn’t put anything in the board so I was pretty useless but luckily I got the hang of it! the picture below¬†shows the programing to power one light.

The next¬†challenge¬†we did was try to make a vibration motor and a single colour LED to work at the same time, turning on for four seconds and turning of for four seconds and do it five times! We first tried to put together a program but it didn’t do a thing. Wondering why it didn’t work we seeked assistance. First we asked our friend but they had no¬†idea, we asked a assisting teacher and they said to ask ‘some good programmers’¬†(¬†boys )¬†. So we asked them, same thing no idea!! After that the teacher was asked and looked at the program and said” you have got them in the wrong ports” great all of that for some ports! We put the vibration motor and the single colour LED in the right ports and… pronto! it worked. Because it took us such a long time to get that working we didn’t get to do any more projects and we also missed out on doing our own project which was extremely¬†sad!

I found Hummingbird really fun and really Educational.¬†It was sad that we didn’t get much done but we did something!¬†I would love to do Hummingbird¬†again and explore all that it has to offer!!!

Robo Cup

In the past two weeks we have been preparing for Robo Cup, we had the opportunity to join and I wanted to. What we had to do was make our robot follow a course with a curvy black line on it. I found it really hard to program my EV3 to go through the course without it going off the line! Every board we go over earns us ten points and each time the robot goes off the line you lose ten points. To complete the course without it going off and randomly wheeling around was to make the robot re-adjust itself every time it went off the line, underneath here is a snip of the programing.

This program asks the line sensor a question ‘do you see a black line’ if the answer is yes the robot will keep on going forward but if the answer is no then the EV3 will adjust itself one tenth of a wheel turn. If it still doesn’t see it will do it again and so on. The flaw in this program is that the robot is not facing straight after the slight adjustment but facing a bit to the side. It keeps on going but after a while it veers of to the side and the program can only turn right not left so the robot is stuck. My partner and I still can’t work out how to make it turn right when it needs to and left when it needs to!

So far we have made it go zigzag, when we tried it out on the course it still didn’t work and went off the line and didn’t go back. The challenge was to get your robot through the course( without going off the line) the quickest, at the end was a green patch and then to push a person (on the green stuff) away and to safety.¬†Of course that is for the people whose program works! So we adjusted our program and it still didn’t work, here is a picture of¬† it¬†below.

What¬†we¬†made¬†it¬†do¬†was¬†to¬†just¬†zigzag¬†but it didn’t move at all so, back to the drawing board for us! So far we have made¬†over eight¬†programs and guess what, they don’t work. The furthest we have got is four boards but that was with us putting the robot back to the right place and we’re not meant to touch it! I would put in all the¬†programs we have made but there is abit too many. The challenge for the people that aren’t doing Robo cup is to make your robot follow a circle, our first program worked on the circle and went at about 1 km an hour and¬†took a few minutes to complete!! I really hope that we get the program and complete the course but we haven’t yet!

We found out that we could put two colour sensors on, at first I thought it would make it easier but no it made it harder. First we had to put together a normal program and add  switch bricks in switch bricks. This is what a switch brick looks like.

A switch brick can be asked the question ( the tick is yes and the cross is no ) you can put other bricks in the switch brick ( including switch bricks ). The program we made had four switch bricks, one repeat brick and loads of move bricks. Here is a picture of it below.

The day of ROBO CUP

On Friday 15/6/18 the Robo cup teams all went to Christion College to compete, when we got there it was raining and we had to protect our robots from “the rain”.¬†Once we had arrived we set up and got to work. We tried our robot out on the course and one of the colour sensor’s had turned off. We changed the program but no success. I was freaking out and so was the rest of our team. For a whole hour is didn’t work, suddenly we realised it was our turn to put our robot on the course. I remembered a program that we had decided not to use but we had to use it. We put the program into the robot and didn’t have time to test it. the timer started and we pressed the program and the ev3 was off. It worked!! we where so, so, so excited. Sadly the ultrasonic bit didn’t work but the line following worked amazingly!¬†We tweaked¬†the¬†program a bit to try to make it work.

The next round the course was harder but the robot got through it ( the ultra sonic didn’t work again ) We tried to improve it again but the ultrasonic refused to work. We tested out the dodgy¬†program but nothing had changed so we decided not to waste our time on it. In the third round they added the bridge, we were worried because on¬†the bridge the robot stuffed up. As we had guessed the robot¬†went of the line at the bridge and we had to put it back¬†on the course.¬†You get ten points every board you cross and lose ten points if the robot strays of the board or you touch it.¬†We were trying to adjust it so it worked on the bridge but if we did it messed up the whole program! The fourth round was practically the same but¬†the ultrasonic hadn’t worked yet so we decided to focus on that. We tried lots of things and the black team helped us with it, but no use it didn’t work!

The fifth round was our worst run yet! the ev3 kept on missing the line and messing up! The program was the same but the result was different!

Finally they announced who had won, the RED team came third, the PINK team came second and the BLACK team came first! they were all from Geelong college!! yay!!


 

I learnt from this experience that you have to be logic and patient to get somewhere and that winning doesn’t matter! I would love to do it again and in year six to compete in the dancing robot competition!