presenting to camera

In Inquiry we learnt how to present to camera. Before we went on camera we did warm ups like the moo game or gun shots.  Here are some things we learnt

.Never go on cold

.Eye line to camera

.know what you are going to say

.Don’t read off a script because it looks like you haven’t learnt it or your lying

Here is what else I learnt…

My last design reflection


For one of my projects as a password door we were not very successful because the Arduino and code did not match and this means we could not complete it.the way we coded with Arduino is took a bit off the intent. and we had to fix most of the problems by going back and checking it again.


I now understand how to code with Arduino and that when something is pressed (key) then it will trigger something else to open the door, the door will only close when the same key is pressed. Also I under stand that you should not to big dreams because it might not get finished in time.


I could use these skills for year 6 as they do media and coding is a little bit lake a camera. I could also use them for year 8 create as there projects are just like this. as most jobs have technology it will help me get a job in the fucher.


I find it hard to see a Patten because for the password door we used Arduino and this means different coding and wires. one similarity is that both have LEDs that need a wire connected to the mother bored.


if I do another project I would like to do new programmes but also imbrace what I know and that


the vending machine


today I have started a new project. Cate, Grace I are doing a vending machine and putting MNM in side. the way it works is we will use the motes to open up a flap that will let the MNMS come out. this means there has to be a way to get them down and for that we are creating a slide for them to go down. we are also having a place for the money to go in and this is a small whole.


today I started on the project and¬†I have started with cutting a card board box. I have cut¬† a hole in the ……

bottom: at the bottom of the box so the MNMs come out

middle: so you can put the fake money in

top: where you can dicied what coulers you want and they fall down

once fished that I started to plan on how the inside works. The way it works is we mite have a funnel a tube or a slide, but they will go down there to the whole at the bottom.


we have diced to use rubbers instead. we have gotten the humming bird moter to work and have made the place where the rubbers will be stored. they will be dropped down into a place hidden by a small curten so you don’t know what you will get.

 s: slot   c: computer  co: coins

with the humming bird moter we think you need to turn off the switch for ten seconds and then turn it back on for it to work.

the bombing of Darwin book response

During the time that we have read the book the ‘Bombing of Darwin’ I have learnt many things and life long lessons. Through-out the story the little boy Tom experiences the bombing of Darwin that happened¬†on the 19th February,¬†1942.¬† Tom travels from the bottom of Australia to live in Darwin with his family.¬† His mother has a job in the Post Office and the father works on the docks.¬† Life seems to be going well, they like their neighbours and they have good jobs.¬† As the Japanese planes creep closer because they think the US airforce will be refuelling in Australia some people start to prepare for bombing by digging slit trenches whilst some believe it’s all a big joke.¬† Tom builds heaps of slit trenches for his school, houses and his neighbours.¬† One day when Tom’s mother and father were out working, the air raid sirens sounded.¬† Tom was walking along the street when he hear the siren and started running back to his home but someone pulled him into their slit trench.

After the bombs he went out to find his parents but a soldier told him the post office got a direct hit and everyone had died.¬† He still didn’t know if his father was alive.¬† Without knowing about his father he got sent down on a truck back to the bottom of Australia where he’d come from.¬† There he was looked after by his cousins, aunty and uncle.¬† Until finally after a long wait.his father appeared and looked very injured.¬† He had been recovering in hospital.¬† He said, he wanted Tom to be there when they visited his mother’s¬† grave and they would eventually revisit Darwin together.

I rate this book 4 out of 5 because it was very dramatic and it hooked me in but I thought that some bits were a bit boring as the book was talking about the same things.

The moral of the story is don’t to get more money when all you get is a broken family and because of the theme it was dramatic and another moral is stay together when you are in trouble.

Comparing the experience of¬†Tom in¬†The Bombing of Darwin to Amy in¬†Who am I, in both the main characters couldn’t find their¬†family members. They were both on their own. They both got sent to different places to live.

Contrasting, Tom was getting bombed and Amy was in the stolen generation.

Amy’s mother was still alive but she¬†got taken from her family and so¬†she wanted to¬†try to find her way back to her mother¬†whereas Tom’s mother was killed in the bombing. So he didn’t want to find his way back to his mum but his dad instead.

Little Bits guitar tutorial

This is my tutorial about a guitar that can make sound and show patens as you play. You can make songs up with the notes and if the notes don’t work you can programme it to make different patens and sounds. Here is my tutorle on how to make it only.


Out of this writing I got that its hard to give clear instructions on how do some thing even if its the simplest thing. You can film from all deferent angles to hook your readers attention and to make it intrusting. Also I had to have a bit of help from my friends!

the password door

 Day 1:

This week¬†I have started a new project. Lexie, Bronte and I designed a plan for a ‘password¬†door’ so that if you’re an intruder and you say the wrong password to the door then an alarm will go off, but if you¬†know the password then the door will unlock. We are ¬†going to make a small door so you can crawl through it if you get the right password. We have decided that we will use Arduino to programme and move the door. As a group we have decided on what the door might look like and what you might need. Also we went and looked through the parts of electronics in tubs in the maker space.

Day 2:

Today¬†we got some inspiration by rummaging through an old¬†computer and getting to see what’s inside. We got the old key board and found keys to push back on it so we can use it ¬†in our project. We have changed the idea¬†so instead of a voice sensor we’re going to have a password key board that you can type on and if you type the right password then it will let you in, but if you get it wrong the same thing will happen ( the alarm will go off.)


day 3:

Today we have a DOOR. Because we now have the door we can get started on building the electronics.¬† But then we realized we can’t put the key board on ¬†because if we’re going to use Arduino then we have to get one of their special key pads. So we went rummaging through the Arduino boxes to find one. We ended up ordering one instead. there are a lot of things that have challenged us during all of this time is that we still have to order some things if we want it to work and how we can’t use the key board that we put back together¬†because it won’t work with the Arduino kit. Also that most of the pieces we ripped off the old computer we didn’t use because we did not need it and it doesn’t work with the Arduino electronics.

day 4:  

The key pad arrived yesterday and now we have started to build the things that will help make it do the actions we want. We are still missing a few pieces so we can only make some, so because of this we started the programming for it. Also we have now got the extra pieces they said we needed in the tutorial. We also found the electronic side to the password door to get it open and closed!!! Some things that have worked for our group it is that we have got half way though programme that is very long. another thing we have achieved during this project is we are keeping up with our time limit we set to get it done.


Throughout these first weeks doing the password door with my friends, I would say that you get a lot out of it and will use these skills for many things throughout life. I have learnt that you have to work as a team and discuss your problems before they get worse. I am hoping we get this project done because it is really cool! Next for this project will probably be to actually use it in real life or to get a sound sensor to detect your voice!


The password door part ||

day 5:

Today we have realised that we have to change some of the things that we have made with the¬†Arduino kit.¬†One of the things we had to change was the way the wires were put and the holes they were in, because the first lot of wires were wrong since we got a bit messed up with other things happening.¬† Also another thing that went wrong was we got confused about were to put a wire because there was all ready a wire there and then we realised we were watching to videos and one of them was the a video from before. during this we aticheved some things too, like that we made some more bits out of Arduino witch¬†is that we have….

. attachved putting  the servo motors wires in the correct holes

. we put more wires in the pin numbers

. and we have archived the smothering part of the project by smothering a Resistor to two LEDs.

It was a big day and we did a video log to show our learning in a different way. In the video log we included how we are going so far with the Arduino bit and the coding to make it all work and what has worked and gone wrong. we also explained what we can do to expand it and showed what the proses we went through was to get through it.

Some of our important ideas and considerations for the future of our door is:

We want to make a place to put all the Arduino parts that’s safe and close to the door were we can type the password in.

If the Arduino bit of the project doesn’t work, how will we fix it?

If we get the programme,  what if we want to adjust the programme for our own password?

We still need to get the programme and finish building the Arduino bit.

There was a problem where the soldering went wrong and we had accidently solderedthe Leds the wrong way around.¬† They wouldn’t go into the right holes. We fixed this problem by melting the metal and switching them around.

Our team is work7ng well together as everyone is contributing and learning new things.  We then describe it to each other.

I think¬†as a group we¬†have achieved our goal and exceeded it. As a group we have learnt more than we first expected by learn7ng from our mistakes and tackling problems¬† I think we have gone well beyond our standard but could’ve more achieved more if we’d put more detailed plans into our work.

last term  (term 3)

Last term we did not think it would work and the code was not working so the door did not open. This means that something in the code is wrong or the electronics, like a wire is broken or a wire is in the wrong place. this has affected our project because if something is wrong we will have to follow the same steps as before to figure out what the problem is. Some ideas that we still find important are that we want to paint the door¬†and we need to cut a hole through the wood on the side of the door so all of the wires don’t have to bend around the side. Also during the Expo we¬†discovered that we do not need the solder the¬†lights because all it does is turn red when the door is closed and green when it opens. We are very close to finishing the project but we still have so much to do. my aim for next term is to get the code and to open the door.

Day I don’t know¬† (term 4)


Today we were about to stop doing the password door when the code suddenly worked and we were excited to keep going. We think it worked because  we changed the code a bit and some how the motor started to move. So we decided that we would keep on going with the project and planned to drill a hole next to the door so all the wires could fit through.  We worked smoothly.

We borrowed a drill¬†to drill a hole.¬† We drilled 3 holes next to each other so they joined up and were big enough for the wires to fit in.¬† Then we had to fold the keypad up, stick it through the hole and secure it to the other side of the door. We had to take out the wires and put them back in to the correct holes again. We also decided to make a small shelf on the back on the door to hold all the¬†electronics so¬†it wouldn’t hang and break.¬†¬†¬†We then needed to attach the motor so we put string on the door and the end of the motor. After that we thought we should paint it brown and so that’s what we did!

week 4 (term4)

this week we have made a shelf out of  icy pole sticks because the sticks are . Small , easy to cut through and can hold some small weight. We cut the sticks ends off so that they slot into the gap under the hole with the wires.We used hot glue to stick it all together to make a stable shelf. Then we slotted it into the place it goes and made sure it was stable. this means that you can slot the shelf in and you can take it out. As a group we have learnt how to work in a group better and how to work an Arduino  in difficult places.


week 4 still (term 4)

today we cut the shelf because it wasn’t fitting in so we¬†then we cut the ends of the sticks but it got to short¬†and I tried to find sticky tape but there was none so I found to small bits of card board and put them on the end and pushed it into shape in the shelf. we had to get some help because it was not working and then we realized that most of the wires were in the¬† wrong place and I had to start again and then double check that. now it still isent working and my threy for that is one of the wires is broken or¬†the code is wrong.

16\11\18 Friday

today we have decided to stop doing the password door and are starting new projects. This is because the door can not work in any way and we have tried so hard but its getting to boring. I have learnt how to work as a group, use electronics, making things and how to present and explain to people what we did. these skills can help in the next project we do and we could be a bit less challenged.

over all we have alted and changed our idea from the day we started and have improved every day. sometimes it nay work and some it just won’t.

password door out!!!


For RVE we talked about the topic belonging and what it means. we discussed what it means and if your part of a group. there were three questions and you got in small groups and talked about the questions she told us.

  1. Are you in any groups?
  2. What other groups are there?
  3. is there a positive and a negative about the groups that you did or are doing?

Some groups that I’m in are dance, netball FLL. For other groups my group and I thought of church, sport clubs and even just work.¬†¬†then we did the last question. we shared storeys about the good and bad things that happened our groups. My positive was that I joined a dance group and have done dancing for¬†five years. My negative¬†was that I did hockey with a friend but the friend would never come witch made me think they didn’t like it and so I left.

I have now more under stand the meaning of belonging to a group and how to make new groups to stretch myself with.

Belonging part ||

Still on the topic belonging we worked on what stress can make people do to try and be part of a group and how it can change our lives. So when we talked about this we got into small groups to relate our selves to our friends stressful problems that have happened. Also because it was R U ok day the next day we found some websites that show people that you don’t have to be the same to fit in.

here are some questions that were from before just neater….

Belonging Triple R-1wn5inc

Through-out all of this time I have learnt that you can never fit in because we’re all unique in our own special ways and because of this were¬†all perfect and should not change just to fit in.ūüôā

Bloxels and Little bits

For this week in design I chose to build a game with bloxels. My group and I had an idea to make¬†a pizza pig and the pig was trying to get to the pizza shop. We started to build levels and make sure that they will get harder and harder as you move on to the next level. Surprisingly we didn’t have that many problems with this task.

One small problem we had¬†was we made one of the levels way too hard!¬† We could not get across so we had to change it so that you could¬†use one ‘power up’ and then walk on¬†the grass¬†to¬†safely make it o the other side.

During the building of the game:

After we had built it!

We made a pig character and tested all of the levels to see if they worked! By the time we had finished it and finally played a game of it the week was over and it was time to pack it all up and start something new.


I have learnt that you can make a lot of things if you just believe that you can do it! I also learnt how to build  words that you can play with and tamper. I think that I will advance this into my big project!!!



Little Bits


For this week I have now swapped to Little Bits which you can connect little bits of technology to make games and noises. My group and I built a digital tug of war game. We watched a tutorial on how to do it and followed the steps as we went. Soon we had finished and decided to make little controls and little characters out of cardboard.


We then moved on to another project. We decided to make a guitar out of cardboard (see below diagram) with notes and pitches on the electronic screen. The button at the top of the stem made a noise when pressed. The slider underneath the electronic display pad showed various patterns and colours as the pitches rose and fell. When you held the button down and slid the slider back and forth the result was hearing different notes and patterns on the display. Each position on the slider produced a different note when the button was held down at the same time. We found the right notes to match the song ‚ÄėLow‚Äô by Jon Bellion!


The problem we encountered was that the program somehow deleted and the

notes did not match what was happening on the screen. And the screen then would not do the colours or the patterns we wanted.


My reflation

I have learnt that how to use the programme little bits and make something that works, and people mite want. I think that I have developed on my skills in programming and building.

Simple machines

In¬†¬†design¬†¬†we did ‘Simple Machines’.¬† Simple machines can be any object that helps a big machine in it’s process.We had to make 6 simple¬†machines and show the meaning of each one.

Here are some….

A¬†pulley : ¬†A Pulley is a rope combined with a¬†wheel and axle, so that when you pull down on¬†one side of the rope¬†the other piece you have tied to the other piece of rope go’s up.


inclined plane :  A inclined plane is  basically a ramp that has one end higher then the other to help something slide down.


A screw : A screw is something you twist around to go down or up.


A wedge :  A wedge is a stick with a sharp bit attached to the end so it can be used to either  cut things in half or to hold things in place so there is no movement.


A Lever :  A lever is a long tool with something on the end that you push under things to lift it.


a Wheel and axle :  A wheel and axle is a pole with a wheel around it. It helps move big or heavy things.

After we had made our simple machines we put them to use in an actual working machine.  I chose to make an egg beater.  The instructions were hard to follow but I finally got there with some patience.  The simple machine inside the egg beater used an axle and wedges.

this is my egg beater :

My egg beater has a wheel and axle as the  simple machine. the wheel and the axle make the cogs turn around, and the cogs are connected to the two beaters, and so they turn. if the egg beater did not have that simple machine then the beaters would not be able to move and would be useless!!!


I learnt that you should always read over instructions twice if there is something not quite right.¬† I also learnt¬†what some of the machines are and how they’re used in real life!!!

I found this design topic was really interesting and I would like to learn more about it!






In this week we completed a task on kites and their angles. We worked out that you can compere the angles on the sides and place your degrees around that angle. We used this tactic in both  the micro worlds and the paper kites angles. When we did the first bit, which was the micro worlds, we had to make a kite by programming it to move the turtle around and making it draw lines as it goes.

Here is a snip of the Micro Worlds program….





Then we moved on to the paper kite folding part.  We did this by flowing steps and working together to make four kites and with four different coloured sheets of rectangular paper. After that we made types of angles out of the four kites.

Here are some I made….


straight angle


    [ middle} 90 degrees {outside} points are acute angles and in between points are obtuse angles

We also measured the angles on the kite by estimating what degrees each corner was.mine were 90 at the top, 110 in the middle and 45 at the bottom

what I learnt….

I learnt that the angles on a shape help you get the  estimate closer to the degrees. I will take this knowledge  for other math problems

watch the slide show!!!