October 15

MakeyMakey

This week I did makeymakey. Makeymakey is a type of technoligy that is used to create activites. In the box that it came in there are:
The motherboard
The alligater clips
The white wires
USB cord
Stickers
Instructions

Once we had worked out what they all did, we had to stick the photo of all the parts into our design books and write what they do. This is called the PARTS, PURPOSES, and COMPLEXITIES.

August 30

Rufugee Questions

Apart from Indigenous Australians, everybody in Australia has come here. What are some of the reasons people had for coming to Australia?

Some people came because of war and it wasnt safe for them to be there anymore. Others came because they wanted to have a better life. And others came because of food loss and shelter loss aswell.

If you were the Immigration Department Officer interviewing Ali, would you believe his story? Why? What extra difficulties would working through an interpreter create?

I would belive his story because he is poor and he is just a child living in this world alone. Even though his family is still alive he has knowone to hug at night or feel safe with.

Ali’s family paid a people smuggler to get Ali out of Afghanistan. Why do you think they chose this illegal method?

Because they couldn’t pay for a passport or ticket for a plane. And they thought it would be better for them because they have alot of children to send away to get jobs and they thouht it would be alot of money.

If you were one of the teachers at the compound, what do you think the students would learn about English and Australia? Make two lists, ranking the top five things for each.

Australia:
Teach them about the aboriginals
Teach them the laws
Teach them the states
Teach them the capital of Australia
Teach them the history of Australia
English:
Learn to read at least one book
learn the numbers one to one hundred
Learn the ABC
Learn the ABC song
Learn a song
Read books to improve their vocabulary

August 13

Robotics (In Bigger Group)

Week 1:

This week in Robtics we were told to create a program that follows a line. When we completed that one then there was the chance to create more programs to follow an oval and even a maze type one, which is a series of more complected lines.

Line:

I first created a program that follows a thick black line. We were pointed in the right direction because the teachers said to use a loop, switch and the colour sensor.

Oval:

I also did the oval because while I was waiting to show the teacher I tried to create a program for the oval shape.

Here is my program and video:

 

Maze:

July 25

Scratch

I love scratch because there are so many things that you can create like games, story’s or a dance party! My favorite game is the race track because it is simple but fun to play.

This is the when touching color ….. block. I put it inside the top of an IF block and put a switch costume to costume2 and a stop script too. What this does is when my car touches pale green then it will switch to the crash costume (costume2)

Here is a video of my finished game.

Week 1 (in a group):

We had the challenge to create a program that only uses 10 different blocks. You had to use the 10 blocks once and then you could double up on some if you wanted to. Here is a screen snip of my program.

The hardest part was the go to x…… y……. brick because it depended on where you wanted your sprite to go. If you put your sprite where you wanted it to go to at the start and wrote in the x and y then your sprite would go where you told it to go. Here is the brick.

The easiest part was the sound brick because you can basically record anything and put it in or choose a sound from the gallery. I had no trouble with the sound brick because you can put it anywhere in your program. Here is the brick.

Here is the video of my swimming cat. 🙂

( In this video the cat sound isn’t heard because the video is on mute )

Week 2: (in a group)

We did a project called About Me. This project had to include:

+ 2 or more icons

+ It had to be interactive for the person who is reading it.

+ Text that explains more about you.

This is my finished product:

After we had finished we went around and showed everyone else our About Me projects.

I found out that some people did photos instead of icons from the library. Some people did a maze that was pretty cool.

I found this project kind of easy because I was just almost copying everything. Here are some of the bricks that I used the most.

June 14

Microworlds

Today I made a shape that is a trapezium. I thought it would be easy but it was actually a bit hard because I have not done that shape before.

These are my commands and my final shape.

Today I made my initials in microworlds. I made it look a bit cool by accident because I made each letter separately and then put them together.

Here are my initials:

Today I made a picture using setpos. Setpos is a command that is used when you want to move from one shape to the other without going move forward or right turn.

I made a trapezium, triangle, circle, square and a rectangle all on the one picture and with the one command. I had to use setpos five times to make sure that they would all go in the right spots.

Here is my picture:

 

May 8

Robotics

 

Session 1:

Today we started our robotics unit in Design. The teachers explained a bit about coding, Programming and robots in general.

We started off with coding. We were given a sheet like a list so we can program our own human robots. First we had to think about what we could make the robot do. Mine was turning on a laptop. Then in the first column we had write what movement we wanted the robot to do. It had to be specific or the robot wont know exactly what you what it do. For example if you wanted to make the robot move 1 step then you would say:

Raise right foot 15 centimetres

Move right foot forward 10 centimetres

lower right foot 15 centimetres

Then we need to put the words into a code like this:

R_RF_15

M_RT_F_10

L_RT_15

Now the robot knows exactly what to do.

Session 2: Building

The following day we got into our groups and built the basic robot out of lego. My group found it pretty easy because we all have had experience with lego before.

 

What is a robot? 

A robot is a machine that helps people and can make their lives easier.

Robots are programmed to do things and make them work. Without a program they do nothing.

What is needed to make a robot work?

A program, coding, lego or materials, battery,  

What is a program? 

A program is a device that you put codes onto to make the robot work. It can also be a list of instructions. 

Why do you think people invent robots?

To help people make there lives easier. To make jobs easier. To make more efficient ways of things.

Session 3:

Challenge 1:

Up and back 3 ways.

I found it a bit challenging when I started but when I started playing with the buttons understanding what they did, it was easier.

Here is my video of rotations:

 

Here is the video of degrees:

 

Here is the video of seconds:

(I’m putting it on in homeroom)

challenge 2:

I found the baseball diamond pretty easy once I got started because i just copy and pasted the last parts and it worked.

Here is the programme and video of my baseball diamond:

The first programme slot is repeated 4 times and the 2nd one is repeated 3 times. It goes forward, turn, forward, turn, forward, turn, forward.

Here is a video:

Challenge 3:

I found this challenge challenging because I have never used a colour sensor before. It took me a little bit of time to work out how the buttons work for it but it worked in the end.

Here is a screen cast of the colour sensor programme explaining what they mean: