Turtle Art

Turtle art is similar to Beetle blocks because they are both block based code. But they are also quite different because turtle art is 2D and beetle blocks is 3D. Also the code looks different.


This is the do decagon that I created on beetle blocks

I moved 50 steps forward then using the operator division block and divided 360 by 9 and then repeated it all ten times so it completes all 9 sides.

This is it rotated at 360 divided by 10 and repeated 10 times.

This is the shape with a different pen size. The pen size determines the width of the line.

This is the shape with a different colour. The set colour to determines the colour of the line.

These are the colours in turtle art. each number in the the set colour to represents a colour.

This is my shape that I made. It is quite simple I just made 1 zig zag line and hen set it back to x=0 and y=0 and then rotated it and repeated it. After that I changed the pen size to 10 and then set the inner pen size to 4. Then I changed the colour.


Beetle Blocks

1st Challenge

Make a polygon.


In the last couple of design sessions, Mrs Watson has been teaching us how to use beetle blocks and turn your beetle the right amount so your shape looks accurate and symmetrical (or regular).


This is an explanation of my nonagon code with an explanation of a operator block.


2nd Challenge

Repeat and rotate a polygon.

This is my decagon repeated rotation shape.

Here are some more.

Here is a triangle rotated and repeated 10 times.

Here is an 11 sided polygon rotated and repeated 10 times.

Here is a heptagon rotated and repeated 10 times.

Here is a 22 sided polygon rotated and repeated 22 times.


Here is a do decagon rotated and repeated 22 times.


3rd challenge

Extend the shape up to the Z axis.

This is an explanation for the code.

4th Challenge

Make the shape rotate on the X axis.

This is an explanation for the code.

What I Learnt…

In these couple of design sessions on beetle blocks i have learnt about supplementary angles and how to turn correctly. I also learnt how to use operator blocks and how they are useful and kind of like a short cut.



By Will Porter.


Parts, Purposes And Complexity


This Week in Design I have been opening a remote and looking at its parts, purposes and complexities. Here is my original Design.

This is my remote apart. there is the outer case top and bottom. Also there is the buttons, mother board and the battery holder

I found this interesting because I was expecting lots of wires but there were no wires and that it was a lot more simple than what I imagined.

Here is a plan of our Vending Machine

(It is small so it is not blurry when zooming in)

this is a view from the back of our vending machine working (it was not finished).




This term we are we have been set the task to code the Spheros using block based code and Java scripted.

In my group there is Oliver Perry, Harry McLean and me and our goal is to code a Spheros to go in a Skate Park. But first we have to

complete a series of challenges in Block based code and then.

This is one of our Challenges that we had to do. It is called the Spinning top game and when you spin it the Sphero spins to. We do the code on a I Pad and watch the video on our laptop.


This is the the code for our spinning top game. It starts with on start program and it turns stabiliser off. After that it turns back LED light to 251. Then the I Pad will say ‘spin Sphero like a spinning top and it will change colour. Then the I pad will say ‘Spin Sphero like a spinning top’. A light will come on when the Sphero stops spinning.



The toss game is where you have to toss the Sphero and when the Sphero is in the air it will make an animal sound and you have to guess what the animal. When the Sphero is in the air it senses it and will make an animal sound and you have to guess


This is the project working, we all shared the rolls by rotating from building, coding and doing blogs so that every person got a goat doing everything.


I learnt in these design sessions about how to code a Sphero Java script and also block based code. I also learnt  how the Sphero moved even

though it is in the circle and I thought that this was interesting. Coding the Sphero was enjoyable and i had fun getting around the obstacles that were in our way

Haunted House Mini-Golf

My groups original goal is to create a mini-golf course that includes a haunted theme. The technology that we are using is Lego and hummingbird. it has spinning graves, turning doors and light behind a silhouette.



This my original design of the parts and complexities. It is a mini-golf course with a silhouette that has lights behind it and makes it look scary. It also has a pipe underneath that once you get the ball in the hole it will deliver it back to the start.



This is my first iteration of the spinning graves that I am making. I am making the spinning graves by sticking on the cardboard graves





These are some of the pictures of my mini golf course that I took today. The black house has a little hole in it for the ball, it is all in the same line so if you get it through the house then you get it in the hole. but it is very very hard to get in.


Here is a video of my mini-golf spinning graves are working. It is going very good, the code is working so we think that we have finished the spinning. graves.

This is my hummingbird that I have been working on with the code. It makes the light go on behind the silhouette to make the silhouette to make it look cool and scary.




This is the code that I use to make the graves spin. They spin at speed 50 and they do 1 spin. It doesn’t seem to be working but i will try a different way.



This is a screen cast of my spinning graves code and how it works.

This is the new addition of our spinning graves they work very well and we think that we have finished them. On our course they are positioned on the left of the house. We use these spinning graves to make it harder to go past the house.


This is a video of the turning doors. They use two big motors and it is connected by a Lego piece. The doors block the ball from going into the haunted house to make it harder and to put more technology into the mini-golf course.



Here is a better version that explains how the doors work and it gives an explanation for the code.



































Lego Robotics Project


This is my Lego robotics project that I made on my own off by heart. it is a plane and what it is supposed to do is sway side to side to make it seem like its in the wind. there is one big motor in this structure and it is a big motor and it spins around so you can use it for wheels on a car in my case to make something sway side to side

This is an Lego E.V.3 Mindstorms robot that controls every thing that happens when I start the code. It literally  controls everything that happen with the motors and it a key aliment that will bring your robot to life.

This is test 1 of my robot working although it does what I want it to do it still is a little bit to fast and it ruins that plane affect and what I will do to  prevent it from happening is I will change the speed on my Lego Mindstorms program.

This is one of the blocks that I to code my robot working and it controls the motor and tells it what to do and when to spin, how long to spin for and how fast to spin. This code is also essential for my plane to spin correctly.



Australian States






Until 1851 the area was part of New South Wales then from 1851 until 1901 it was the Colony of Victoria, with its own government within the British Empire. In 1901 it became a state of the new Commonwealth of Australia.

The state of Victoria was originally home to many indigenous nations that had occupied the land for tens of thousands of years. According to Gary Presland Aborigines have lived in Victoria for about 40,000 years, living a semi-nomadic existence of fishing, hunting and gathering, and farming eels.

New South Wales

New South Wales’ border is the longest of all Australian state and territory borders, measuring a lengthy 4,635 km

New South Wales is sometimes called the ‘First State’ or the ‘Premier State’.


Tasmania is often referred to as the ‘Holiday Isle’ or the ‘Apple Isle’.

Measuring only 85 metres across, Tasmania’s border is the shortest border of any Australian state or territory. This border is a land border between Victoria and Tasmania and is a small rocky outcrop in the Bass Strait named Boundary Islet.


Queensland possesses five of Australia’s eleven World Natural Heritage areas: Fraser Island, Scenic Rim National Parks, the Great Barrier Reef, Riversleigh Fossil Fields and the Wet Tropics.

Queensland has Australia’s biggest theme parks with four located on the Gold Coast: Sea World, Movie World. Wet’n’Wild, Water World and Dreamworld.

Northern Territory

The Northern Territory’s Finke River is the oldest river system in the world, with parts possibly dating as far back as 340 million years.

Uluru has been around for millions of years and stands about 348 metres high. Interestingly, it is thought that the bulk of the rock is underground, extending down 2.5 kilometres.

Western Australia

Western Australia’s Mount Augustus is twice the size of Uluru. Although only one third of Mount Augustus is visible above the surface of the earth, stretching to a massive 8 km in length, this is the world’s largest rock.

Western Australia is home to the Argyle Mine, the world’s largest producer of diamonds.

South Australia

The highest recorded temperature in Australia was in 1960 in Oodnadatta in South Australia, when the temperature reached 50.7°C. Now that is hot!

Lake Eyre, in the outback of South Australia, is the largest Salt Lake in the world. While it does flood it is normally dry. It has been the location for many attempts at breaking the world land-speed record


This is my end product with the code




What did I do?

I made a interactive presentation on Australia and its states, capitals and territory’s.

What was important about it?

The important thig was to get everything right or it would not work.

Where could I use this again?

I could use this  program if I wanted to make a different project.

Did I notice any patterns?

The programming for Makey Makey  was similar to the music programming, and tiles.

How well did I do?

I think that I did a pretty good job even though I had a few problems like when I pressed a button nothing worked but in the end it was very successful.

What should I do next?

I think I might make a piano  with a Makey Makey   and music programs



Microbit Semester

My Microbit Semester has been great. I have learnt so much, like how to make a flashing heart or a rock paper scissors game. I  also made a step counter which was hard at first but the I got the hang of it. Now I can do all sorts of things and it has been very fun.

These are some of the videos and pictures of my Microbit in action. what you do to get the code onto your Microbit from your computer is you use a USB cord because the Microbit has a USB cord input. The Microbit has so many features, for example The weather, text, LED lights, buttons motion sensors, icons and you can even  play Rock Paper Scissors. My first video is of a flashing heart, it was tricky but I did it in the end.I hope you enjoy my videos.


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