Sphero

Today we were introduced to spheros. Spheros are small sphere shaped robots similar to¬†EV3’s but circular.

This is what one looks like…


 

 

 

 

At first I thought spheros weren’t going to be hard to move because I am quite familiar¬†with EV3’s and Scratch. I thought that the programming would be quite similar. But when we were just playing around with them it was quite challenging because which ever way you moved the dot on your screen the sphero would do the opposite.

This is what the programming area looks like…

The bricks are quite obvious and say what they do or are for very clearly.

Today we were straight on to the challenge. We had to make a chariot for our sphero and make the sphero pull something along with the chariot.

After we did that and it worked successfully we had to make our sphero go through a maze with the chariot.

We didn’t finish the maze but we got roughly half way.

I really enjoyed spheros!

Robotics

Session 1

Today in robotics we had a challenge. It was to follow a black line. There were three parts to the challenge. The first was to follow a straight black line.

The second part was to go around the oval.

And the third part was to go through the maze which is basically a curvy mat.

Session 2

This week I was sewing.

Session 3

This week I completed the follow black line touch. I also experimented with the spheros. I had to change the follow black line touch once because the robot would go of course. I fixed it by adding two blocks which you could write in. I wrote…

If it sees black turn left.

If it doesn’t see black turn right. The thing about my program is that you had to start it a bit on an angle otherwise it will go of course.

Session 4

This week we were at camp and had sphero on Friday.

 

Scratch

Session 1

A few days ago we were introduced to a new app, scratch. Scratch is an app that allows you to create games and cool characters. We were instructed to watch seven tutorials that would help our knowledge for scratch increase. I didn’t learn one new brick because all the bricks are very different from the ones we use in robotics so they were all very new. These bricks are much more advanced and say what they do or are for much clearer. We were instructed to watch the tutorials and then do or make what they did. Today I watch tutorials one to three, they were on how to make a sprite and change its looks and how to make it move.

Where to next?

Next session I would like to make at least one game

Session 2

Today I watched tutorials four and five. They were how to make a race game and a retro maze. This retro maze was very easy to make and didn’t have one extremely challenging bit.

Where to next?

Next session I am ready to try something new

Session 3

Today we had a challenge. It was to make our sprite dance. This was quite tricky but at the same time easy, the tricky bit was I have never used scratch before but because I was learning from everything the teachers said on the floor it gave me ideas and hints.

Where to next?

I am ready for something new.

Session 4

Today we had another challenge. It was the ten brick challenge. The ten brick challenge is when you have to make your sprite move but only using ten bricks. You had to use each brick at least once. The annoying part was that some bricks you could go without using and they were a bit useless but they still would fit in with the other bricks.

Where to next?

Next session I want to get my reflection finished

Session 5

Today we had to reflect on last sessions work. We had three questions. ( I answered them )

What did you enjoy? I really liked how we had a set amount of bricks because it challenges you more than usual which is fun.

What did you think was easy? Well my knowledge for scratch has increased so I know what does what and so that made it much easier.

What did you think was challenging? The challenging part was actually make sense with the bricks. Like I mean when you put them together you cant just say go there and the show yourself because then you wouldn’t see the sprite move there it all has to¬†makes sense.

Where to next?

I am ready for something new

Session 6

Today was our last session of the week, then we would have robotics for a week and then we would come back to scratch. In this session we got to browse around and save things to our liking to our studio. We had to look at different categories and see what people can make with this awesome app. Somethings I looked at were, Try not to laugh and try not to sing. Games and I looked inside the art category. If you loved something you could add it to your studio.

Where to next?

I am ready to do what is next

Session 7

Today we were debugging. Debugging is when someone is supposed to make the sprite do something but there is a problem, then you have to look at the problem and fix what’s wrong. There were five debug it problems. I am sharing debug it 1.5.

Where to next?

Next lesson we are starting the biggest project yet it has to be about us! I cant wait!

Session 8

Today we had some special visitors the were deputy principals from schools all around Australia! Some of us got the pleasure to show them what scratch is. We also had to do a About Me project, this will continue on as it is quite complicated. You basically have to make something about you in scratch. This must be interesting and fun to watch. ( It is useful to include games for more fun )

Where to next?

I am going to be away for the next four lessons

Session 9

Today I was away

 

Session 10

Today we left the about me project ( sadly I didn’t get to finish it ). We had a brand new challenge. We had to make an animation. To make an animation we would have to use a series of costume changes. First we had to choose a sprite. I chose a polar bear, then we had to sketch our sprite in our design book. If we didn’t have that many costumes we were encouraged to draw the other positions as well as the main. This is my animation…

Where to next?

Cant wait to see what’s waiting up ahead.

Session 11

Today we had to build a band. Build a band is when you have to make music how ever you like. This is my program so far…

This program is the donut program.

This is my program for the present.

Where to next?

Next session I would like to add music.

 

Session 12

Today I finished my build a band.

This is my donut program…

This is¬†the snip of the word¬†“Fly”…

This is the snip of the word ” Teamwork”…

 

 

 

 

 

Session 13

Today I added one thing to my build a band, instructions. I added instructions because then the people wouldn’t know what to do.

 

Now people know what to do and wont have any trouble with my build a band.

 

 

Micro Worlds

Screencast 4circles&4shapes-22wkt7nSession 1

In maths this term we have been focusing on micro worlds. I have a little knowledge of this as we did a little of this last year which came in handy because I already new commands like RT,FD,LT, which stand for right turn, forward and left turn. Sounds pretty simple right? But today we were talking curves. We had to write our initials. My initials are probably one of the most curved letters you can get. That’s right you guessed its S.

 

 

 

 

Session 2

Today we were working on quadrilaterals. I made a trapezium. Click on the following link to see what happened next!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Session 3

Click on the following link to see today in action!

Screencast 4circles&4shapes-22wkt7n

 

Allegro

Today we had our Allegro performance. At first we split into our groups flutes, trombones, clarinets and trumpets. Now we also had a Allegretto group which is a group involved with the following instruments such as strings, and flutes advanced, trumpets advanced and other instruments that didn’t have a group and were more advanced than others. I played the trumpet. Now your probably thinking that’s super easy because its got three valves but its actually quite difficult because you need to blow the right speed and get the right tone. In our¬†¬†groups we rehearsed our pieces. The main piece of was Go Go Allegro.

These are the notes for Go Go Allegro

 

 

 

 

 

 

The performance was great we had a great time I was very stunned how I played.

Robotics

Session 1

Today I was away.

Session 2

Today we started to draw and label our robots. We could draw them from any point we wanted I did from the side and a birds eye of view. Today went really well but we need to finish our drawings next design session.

Where to next?

Next session I would like to finish off my drawing and start programing.

Session 3

Today we finished off our drawings and labelling them and we started to program. We all went to sit on the floor and then after we learnt how to use the app we set off to work. We were only allowed to use the green instructions and we had to try make something that the robot could do. I was hoping my robot would at least move. But when we went to try out our procedures we found that something was wrong with our robot so we got another one and it wasn’t charged so we learned from others and helped them out.

Where to next?

Next session I want to try out my procedure on the robot.

Session 4                                                                  

Today I achieved to make the robot move forward in seconds. In hope for it to at least move it was a great success.

Where to next?

Next session I want to do my procedure for rotation and degrees.

Session 5

Today I wrote down my procedure for degrees and rotation.

This is my degrees procedure.

For the rest of the session I was blogging.

 

Where to next?

Next session I would like to test out at least my degrees procedure and add all three procedures together.

Session 6   click on the following link to watch my screen cast.

Baseball diamond screen cast-16sypf0

Rube Goldberg

Session 2

Today we started a mini session for our Rube Goldberg project. There are three activities each with a different teacher. i started off with the Lego. we watched a video of a really amazing machine built out of lego and then we set off. First up we had to find on the laptop the number we were given ours was seven. And follow the instructions. But these weren’t ordinary instructions we had to figure out most of it ourselves. We started off to a great start there were some bumps along the way but other wise it was all going great. Near the end just as we finished there was a piece missing. One tower was taller than the other so we had to pull the towers apart and start them all over again. Just as we solved that problem another came in. We don’t know how to use the machine! We are still figuring this out.

 

Session 3

Today was our second activities and we headed off to the knex. Our challenge today was to build another machine out of knex this time. We chose the weigher because it looked quite difficult. We straight away looked at the page and got all the pieces we needed. Then we set to work. There were three people in my group including me so we all set of to do individual parts of the machine that way we wouldn’t be as slow. In the end everything summed up to a great!! Session and nothing got in our way!

 

Session 4

Today we were doing our last mini session. We were doing pulleys. The challenges we had were to make a simple pulley then a more challenging one and then another. My partner and I only got to the simple one. We used twine wire string, two cups and a few more things. Everything great this lesson. No problems ran into us and it was a great success. I really enjoyed making pulleys because then I can use them in my rube Goldberg machine.

Session 5

Today we got into our groups and started designing. In our design the ball started on the table, down a ramp, into a pulley which then would hit another piece of wood that will send another ball onto a see-saw then into a zip wire which would then fall into a cup and turn a  page. We planned all design session.

 

 

 

Session 6

Today we were still working on our design working out who was going to bring what. Mostly everything we needed was provided at school which was a great head start for we were a bit behind. Next session we want to start building.

 

Session 7

Today we started building.

 

 

 

Session 8

Today we had a shorter session because we had sport. This lesson didn’t go as planned. We couldn’t agree and talk nor cooperate. We could’ve wished for a better session. All we did was build the see saw and zip wire we also re built the pulley.

Where to next?

Next session we need to finish our simple machines and start putting them together

 

Session 9

Today we skyped Bellbridge Primary School from Hoppers crossing. They asked some questions and we did our best to answer them. Like we do we are building but they have just started but they built some pretty cool things like catapults, which they can later on add to their Rube Goldberg machines. Today we achieved to make most of the ending which included the ramp, zip wire and what happens is instead of the cup turning the page we actually turn it with the zip wire. Today went really well and our team cooperated the best we could. What I really like was how the golf ball would travel smoothly.

This is a fail

Where to next?

Next session I really hope to complete the start of the machine and hopefully get it working!

Session 10

This session was basically going over our machine and blogging. We absolutely need to finish it tomorrow. We have also been notified to be taking more photos and videos as we will be making a short movie that will summon up the term.

Where to next?

Next session we have to focus and sit away from others. And must take ore pictures and videos!!!!!!!

Session 11

This session was basically like the last nothing much happened. I was working on the end of our machine the way the zip wire would turn the page whilst the others were working on the start ramps. Our goal to sit away from others didn’t quite work.

Where to next?

As I said next session is our last and we HAVE to finish our machine and take more photos and videos!!!!

Robots Investigation

What is a robot? A robot is a machine that has been programed to do certain things.

What is needed to make a robot? The materials needed to make a robot are wood, synthetic materials, metal, mechanism and glue.

What is a program? A program is a ceres of commands and instructions to tell the machine what to do.

Why do you think people invented robots? I think people invented robots to do jobs that are too dangerous for humans to do like removing bombs. And to hard and they don’t need to be paid and don’t need holidays, lunch brakes or work insurance