.This session we were introduced to spheros this is what one looks like.
You control it with a device that allows Bluetooth and you have to download an app. You can move with the drive feature or you can program it to do certain things.
Here is us using the drive feature.
Our first program was to make it go around a square. We learnt the you have to put a delay between each turn because then it gives it time to turn and not go in a different direction.
here is our finished product.
W E E K 1
This week we had a new project and this was makey makey, makey makey is pieces of coding equipment that can create any thing you can dream of. One of the main pieces is the mother board which includes earth where all the magic happens. Earth is where you can attach an alligator clip.
The sliver line on the bottom is earth where you attach one half of the cord and hold the other end to conduct electricity. All the other silver spots are basically the keys on you laptop so when you attach the red cord above it will read the program off your computer.
W E E K 2
This week our first experiment was a veggie piano and we went to the garden to find veggies and leaves this wasn’t so easy because we had find a whole range just case some didn’t make a circuit of electricity. We got the piano noises off a online program and we added all the cords to the veggie and then we found out a special trick.
In this video it explains our discovery.
in the video you can see that when you hold one end it creates a circuit and she could play the piano but when I tried it didn’t work then we held hands to create a circuit and then I could play.
Now from the knowledge that we had from the veggie piano.
W E E K 3
This week we decided to do a music playing door…. well kind of. Basically when you touch the door handle it would play you a song. this worked because there was one end of the cord on the door handle and then a leaf from the piano on top this is so there is electricity. then the other half of the cord was on the space holes on the mother board that’s because to play the song you have to press the space bar. this was a challenge because if you hold the handle for to long then the song will just stop and start fairly fast. unfortunately by the time we where about to fix it the time was up.
WHERE TO NEXT
we hope to fix the problem and make many more creations.
P U L L A P A R T
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We started to pull apart a old radio but sadly I didn’t take any photos or videos.
W E E K 5
This week we began to pull apart an old telephone instead of the radio as we could not get it open. inside we found a big mother board, buttons and some kind of spinning thing. From what we had found we had no clue what to make, but then we decided to make a sculpture called the ‘make your day machine’ as we could not make this work. we used the spinning thing inside for a game, basically there is numbers around it and when the spinner lands on a number you go to the telephone look up that number and see what inspirational word or quote there is to make your day.
We added the spinning thing inside the telephone but that fell off to easily and didn’t spin well.
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this week we changed it to a new spinner that spined faster.
then we started scaling some quotes and words to fit on the buttons for the spinner. After we hot glued two pieces of thin cardboard together to create a thicker layer to hold the telephone. And we added blobs of glue for grip and to higher the cardboard.
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B L O G G I N G
If I spun this spinner 10 times I predicted that it will land on white 8/10 times I predicted this because there is a better chance of getting white because there is more but there is a chance I can land on the coloured because it is also just a bit of luck or chance.
Peach: 1/10 4
Blue: 1/10 4
White: 1/10 4
Pink: 1/5 8
Yellow: 1/2 20
Here are the results of 40 spins
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W H A T I S E N E R G Y ?
This was the first session of the term and we explored energy. What is energy? Well let me explain in my scan of my design book.
We where finishing the what is energy design and began to name the parts and purposes of a light bulb.
Here is the scan of my design
in this design it shows what I think a light bulb looks like and what I think the parts are called, and in the coloured words are the correct terms for the parts.
L I T T L E B I T S
in this session we started little bits which is a small collection of small magnetic pieces that make any thing your heart desires. all these small pieces are basically circuit boards and my partner and I began to make a soccer goal and when you hit it the score changes.
As this my first session of little bits I went with the instructions and videos online.
Here is a video explaining how it works
LITTLE BITS HOT POTATO
Now we made a new creation and little bits is perfect because its so fast and easy but with hours of entertainment. This game is basically well hot potato and who ever has the board when the time is up looses.
WHERE TO NEXT
I hope to make new projects with little bits and improve my skills.
We e k o n e
This week the sprites just wouldn’t stop dancing and we wouldn’t stop programing. we learnt how to make or add music and make character.
Here is the link to my screen cast explaining what my sprite does and how i programed it.
This week we where focusing on a very challenging challenge, which was the 10 brick challenge. Basically what this is we are only limited to 10 blocks you can use those blocks multiple times but you are restricted to using any other bricks. here is the link to my screen cast explaining what it does and why i used those bricks.
This week we got to explore see what other creators where up to this is a game i found that i would hope to or to do make a similar one.
In today’s session we focused on ‘Parallel Programming’. This is basically when you have more then one sprite and they interacted with each other or to do something at the same time. I found the most helpful brick was the ‘if touching ___ then’ because then if it touches the other sprite (interacting) then it could say move etc.
Here is a screencast showcasing what my script does and how it interacts.
C O M I N G S O O N
Build a band
In today’s session we created and explored ‘Build-A-Band’. This is simply a program that you can make play and sing along to. My program works by a menu and you choose a number next to the song you want to listen to, when that number is pressed on your keyboard it will come up with a photo of the artist. I was surprised I could make this program so simple.
This week I and 9 others had the opportunity to have a week of sewing. I have had some experience with sewing at home and at the last choice day. With experience I got to show and help others, this help me with my learning too. Yet again I had some experience with making mobiles, if you don’t know what mobiles are they are just items or shapes hanging from a string, for an example here is an image (this is not my work).
This image is slightly different to mine because mine is in a straight line.
Sewing machines are a lot more difficult then they look i would have trouble with getting the cotton jammed.
Here is a design explaining some stitches and what they are used for there is also a practise mobile.
Here is an image of my final copy I am really happy with how this turned out i love the colour combination and the shape i chose. I used a straight stitch which is explained on my scan above.
C O M I N G S O O N
BLACK LINE CHALLENGE
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In design we have been focusing on the colour sensor, we had to make the robot follow a black line. The challenge was it can start from any where find the line and follow it.
this is a scanned copy from my design book explaining what each brick is about and how I programed this.
this is the video to my program working on a straight line as you may notice in the video when the colour sensor (the light) sees white it turns one way and when it sees black it turns the other.
here is the link to my video on the big oval.
to large to fit on blog movie maker is not working so i will be showing soon!
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Our next challenge was to do the exact same thing but add a touch sensor which stops when its touched mine worked with the exact same program with an added touch sensor and stop.
here’s my program.
click here to watch my line follow and touch in action.
W H A T N E X T
Next I hope to use my touch sensor but it gets touched it turns around and goes back.
This week we where introduced to a new program called scratch. Scratch is an app installed on your laptop that you can create games or moving pictures you can create yourself. We did this by programing, we had some experience because of the EV3 robots. I found this was a little easier because the bricks where written out and they where clear on what the brick was about.
We where given 7 scratch tutorials to help up start our journey. I and I imagine many others found the tutorials very helpful. These tutorials included how to create a sprite which is a character, programing your sprite to move around and how to program a few games that may help you create new ones. some of the games where a racing game, a maze, fruit ninja and a couple more.
In maths this term we have been focusing on the program micro worlds.
I find micro worlds is helpful for degrees and angles. This program allows you to have a small black turtle and experiment with making any shape or squiggly line you want.
We think of this turtle as a robot so we speak code words
Forward 100- fd 100 (the number depends on how far you want to travel)
Left turn 90- lt 90 (the number depends on how far you want to turn)
Right turn 180- rt 90 (the number depends on how far you want to turn)
Pen down- pd (this allows the turtle to draw)
Normally we a set a task and today we had to draw/make the initials of our name, because my name starts with a “C” I just have to do a semi circle. Now if you can make a full circle with the demands “repeat 360 [fd 1 rt 1]” then just half it and because a full circle is 360 that would be 180, so now I tried this demand “repeat 180 [fd 1 rt 1]”. this formed a “C” shape.
“DONT TAKE EVERY CHALLENGE AS A PROBLEM,
TAKE EVERY PROBLEM AS A CHALLENGE.”