Term 4 Project Reflection

What did I do?

During our project I did lots of things. I learnt how to use hummingbird, resilience and I acquired more patience. We made a lego platform 9 & 3/4. We also made a pensieve to display the pictures from the building process. I programmed the hummingbird to flash lights.

How well did I do?

I feel like we did great with accomplishing our goals. We did what we planned and more. However there were some times were it didn’t work properly.

What skills can I reuse and where can I use them?

I can use the coding skills in school projects and later life. I learned how to control my temper and keep calm and I can use that when I’m in frustrating places.

How can I use this?

I can use it to help my self and remember the things I did and what I went through.

Do I see any patterns in what I did?

No, not really. I don’t see any patterns in what I did. There probably was but I didn’t see it.

Platform 9 3/4 from Harry Potter. New project

Week 2 Tuesday

Today I accomplished three tasks. I finished my peer assessment on Anna. She was a good partner and did a great deal for the project. It would have been more convenient if we fished before when she left for Cyprus so I could do a little project. It didn’t go to plan because the doors always remained open and I couldn’t think of new ideas to put light bulbs on the window.

Today I also contacted my mum and made sure we had the things we needed. We have a train at home that I could paint to look like the Hogwarts express. I realised I could make the most of the situation and also make some Harry Potter character’s.

I finished my planning page in my design book and had it checked off by a teacherNext lesson I have to bring in my lego blocks and start making our station.

Week 2 Friday

Today Java was with me. I had also brought some lego so we started building. We started with bases. We taped the under side of some lego bases together so the building would be stable. After that we started building up around the barriers of the bases. We made it a fair height. 

We worked on another part of the lego construction and I started making a passage way from platform nine to platform 9 3/4. I had brought a bag of random lego from a my lego tub at home so it was a hit or miss situation. We mostly hit our target of building the station. I, luckily, had another lego train in my bag.

Here are some pictures of progress so far.

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Week 3 Tuesday

Today we finished the first platforms walls and started making the passage way between the platforms. I was with Java today so we got some done. Today was the day I started making thestral wings. Thestrals are horse/bird things that tow carriages up to Hogwarts. They are (usually but cross breeding exists) black. However our thestrals are horse colours and have white wings.

I brought my character box today as well.

Week 3 Friday.

This day was the day we got most done. Not only did I do most of my blog but we built a whole other platform. I took on building one half and Java built the other. I hadn’t brought enough lego so it was left unfinished, for now. I also made A LOT more thestral wings.

Here is the platform not finished. You can see the passage not finished.

This is the entrance.

This is the platforms joined together.

This is the passage way.

Tuesday Week 4

We finished the walls on the second platform today. We had not much else to do that day. I had brought my hogwarts train today. I also had made another thestral. Java is a good partner because she always knows what to do.

*Java took pictures for this day and hasn’t sent them through yet. I will update the post when I have the pictures*

Friday Week 4

Today I was a little upset. Java had hurt her wrist and I was left alone, worried. Today, however, was fairly productive. I have some problems with a specific someone who kept coming to my project and distracting me. 

I started decorating the platform today. I’m quite proud of my work. I also finished the passageway. That passage way was the death of me I swear. It kept falling apart and breaking. I had also brought another compartment for the train today.

I brought train tracks for two trains today.

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Week 5 Tuesday

Today we came up with other ideas for our platform. We thought we could use Led’s with Hummingbird and Snap to spice things up a little. We would put the LEDS in gaps in the walls that were planned to be there.

Week 5 Friday

Today I started out with setting up the station but after a brief talk with Mrs Watson, I started using snap and Humming bird. I learned a lot about coding from Matilda and how to set it up, as well. I made some simple codes using Snap and tested them out. They worked really well and I was proud of myself.

Week 6 Tuesday.

Today I didn’t have much to do. I saw Lexie doing something with a program and I asked what it was. She said it was Micro-Bit and I asked how to use it. She said it was simple, you got the program, the parts and put them together. I ended making a Micro-Bit unit and making it say words. I learnt a new skill of coding and how I could use it.

Week 8 Tuesday and Friday

These days were some of our most productive days. On Tuesday I realised that we would need two code kits and two computers so I asked Java to use hers. I re-made the program on her computer using Snap. I tried making the hummingbird light up but it wouldn’t work. I blew on it to remove dust, detached and re-attached things. I even used another computer. It didn’t work so I went back to my computer determined to make it work. It did work in the end because I had closed Bird-Brain (the launcher for Snap). For those wondering Snap is like Scratch. It’s a coding program for Hummingbird.

On Friday I got our kits and got to work. I got the program up on my computer (Java needed hers), brought the Lego over from the make-a-space and attached all of the cords to the board. I plugged it in and checked it was working. It worked and I set down the LED’s on the table. I took the LED’s in hand and started putting them on and in the wall. When I had finished I pestered Java (yes pestered. I am sorry for that Java) for me to be able to use her computer so I could have a look at what it would look like. She gave in and I had permission to use her computer. I attached everything I needed to and did the process all over again. Then we turned it on.

Week 9 Monday

Today Java brought in a homemade pensieve. I am taking it home to paint. It has a cut-out circle in the middle where a glass bowl will go. It has two pieces of wood on either side and makes and sideways ‘E’ shape. 

Week 9 Tuesday night

We bought the paint for the pensieve tonight. I chose black for the underside and a dark brown for the top. Mum thought I should’ve bought colours that had contrasted but I disagree. I think they will go perfectly together. We also got gold for the rims of the wood.

Week 9 Wednesday night

I have painted the pensieve. I did not get any photos unfortunately. I went with my original plan and it turned out great.

Reflection Blog post

Important Ideas

Ideas that are important to the project are                     

Making the disco ball spin.

Making sure that the lights turned on.

Not damaging anything in the process.

Turning music on using and Ipod and a stick

That it was going to be a disco alarm in the end.

It was not going to be bulky.

        What will happen if..? 

What will happen if we changed our idea?

What will happen if we changed our design?

What will happen if I used a different partner?

What else do I need to do?

I need to secure the alarm into one structure and then I need to test the product and make sure it works. After that I am pretty sure I am done.

How could I do better?

I could’ve chosen a different partner for my first go.

I could’ve used a different technique.

There could’ve been a more resourceful way of doing things.

I could’ve organised myself better.

Did I solve the problem?

I solved most of the problems I encountered along the way. Some of them being simple things like glue not sticking to my partner leaving halfway through.

What I have learned.

I have learned that you need to plan projects like this out and be organised. You need to make sure if you have something due by then you need to finish it and then move on.




Belonging is when you feel like you are in a right place.

What groups do you belong to?

I belong to a lot of groups. Some of them are the Aitken family, The Geelong College. Geelong, Australia, Collingwood football fan club.

Why do we become members of a group?

Because we love the cause and sometimes we were born into it.

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

The nice and good ones that make us laugh and feel loved.

Led Disco Door Alarm. Blog Reflection Post.

LED Disco Door Alarm

On Tuesday me and my partner Anna decided on making a LED Disco Door Alarm™. We decided that we would use some Led lights she had or we would use arduino. I think we are leaning towards arduino. We envisioned our designs very differently. I left my design somewhere and I can not find it. I do have a picture of Annas one though.

Anna also made a logo!!

The Next Tuesday.

Today we got a lot done. We found two Styrofoam pieces that were half and when we put them together they made a ball. I hollowed out one half and Anna put disc on the other. Thats all we got done that day considering Anna also found a motor. I will put in a video of the motor working.

The next lesson

This time we made a pencil tiny and hot glued it to the top of the ball. We the other end and thats how we made thew disco ball spin in the top video. We also found out we needed ARDUINO today. We asked Mr McKie to order a buzzer and he had one. It was the wrong type of buzzer. However we are ordering ARDUINO off the internet because Mr McKie found a website a ARDUINO door alarm

This tuesday.

We got a all our ARDUINO today. Apart from a sensor. We assembled it the best we can with the picture. I took some pictures today and I will insert them after I finish this entry. We did the hollowing out and hot gluing again today. Anna also brought two other disco balls today! We cut one in half. We tested the ARDUINO board on it, which was basically putting it up against one half and seeing if it fit. It didn’t fit in the ball. We tested it on ball we made. It fit!! Unfortuantely there will be no more photos because my computer is not working.

This Friday

The sensor has not arrived yet. Today we did alot. We started working on how the alarm would start. We agreed that we would use a kind of robotic arm to make it click an ipod or device to play music. We trialed and we succeeded once. Unfortunately my computer still isn’t working so it wont let me add in any videos or photos. Hopefully by the due date it will work. Anyway we made it onto the door and people kept walking through the door. We put a sign up. People still went through the door through. Especially one unnamed person. In the end we practised on my phone because all we needed to do was click a button. We used the home button.

Little bits BVlog post P1

Little bits.

Anna did little bits for our first week of extended technology. We made the hot potato of doom.


We got all the parts we needed


We assembled the board according to the handbook.


We should have done this first but we tried to install the app but we needed a code to let us get onto the page.

After that

We finally had the app we wanted a got onto the code we needed. We could also experiment and add pictures and designs onto the screen. Here is one of our earlier designs.

The code

Here is a picture of the code we used.

We also got the game to work so I will insert a picture of it now.

It was fun to experiment with it.

My Sphero Blog! P2


In class me, Anna and Java programmed a sphero.

We used sphero edu to make him do a square. The ramp was added later on. We also made them go up a ramp then around and down another ramp.

He also was able to go forward a little and then turn around and come back. It was hard to program a sphero. We took two periods earlier in the week trying to make our sphero go over a ramp that had two sticks in between to make a walkway and failed. Later on we realised that it fell straight through the sticks anyway. We put a basic code with rolling and turning and managed to get it through the square course about ten times but then something went wrong. It would start going in random directions we looked over the code and found out that one the directions had been changed as well as the time. We changed it back and it was fine after that.

Simple Machines

During the time I was in this project, I learned many things I hadn’t known before. For example, I didn’t know what the simple machines were or recognise that we use them in everyday life.


What are the simple machines?

A wedge is used to separate objects or hold them together. An example would be an axe chopping into the wood to separate it.

A lever is a machine that has a board on top of a rotating point. A example would be a see-saw.

A screw is something that holds things together. Screws are mostly made of steel or sometimes a brass material.

The wheel and axle is something we use everyday even if we don’t know it. An example of this is a door nob. It is commonly know to be used in cars and other vehicles.

The inclined plane is a flat supporting surface tilted at a angle with one end higher than the other. It is used to raise or lower a load. Another name for the inclined plane is a ramp.

The pulley is a rope hooked over something. When the rope is pulled on one side it will raise the other side. A great example is lifting a water bucket in a well.

My Lego machine

For my Lego simple machine, I joined Michaela and made a ski lift. At the time of submission I have not received my copy of the video showing it moving.

The simple machine we used was the pulley. The pulley is used in the ski lift to lift skiers up the mountain.


We used WeDo to write code to make it move and below is a copy of it.

How it worked.

To build the ski lift we made two Lego towers and attached a Lego tire rim to each tower. Then we attached a piece of string around the little divots in the rims on both sides. We attached a motor to one of the towers, that will move the rope of the pulley. Next we attached the code from our computer to the motor and pressed the play button.

It took a couple of tries to get it to work but eventually we did it. At first it spun unevenly but then it started going smoothly.

Welcome to your new Digital Portfolio


Welcome to your College Digital Portfolio! A Digital Portfolio is like having your own website. It is a place for you to learn about being an active and responsible digital citizen by creating a portfolio of your best work to showcase and share with others. Through the creation of a blog, you will be able to write regular reflections and share your learning journey through photo and video with your teachers, parents, each other and possibly even experts from all around the world.

For more information and support, speak to your teacher, explore, play and learn from each other! Learn how to publish your first post by visiting Publish your First Post. After that see what you can do! Visit the Edublogs User Guide for more help developing your new online space.

There are so many ways in which to use your space, for example:

  • Documenting and reflecting on your learning, passions, and interests, both in and out of school
  • Curating and highlighting work for your Student-Led Conferences
  • In some instances, your teachers will also ask you to submit, reflect and comment on other students work in this portfolio

That’s enough to get you going. Your Digital Portfolio should be a fun, enriching and rewarding way to explore, find or create your place in the world. Good luck!