Here is my Visual Planner with this weeks blog.
Here is my Visual Planner with this weeks blog.
Today we just had to explore because we have never done scratch before. if you don’t know what scratch is it is a programing app that you can program with to make a cat or another person do things.
Today we had to explore and play games on Scratch. We had to save 3 games onto our account and we just got to explore again.
Today we had to use 10 blocks and try and make the sprite which is the character do something. We had ten blocks to use more than once if we needed. I made the sprite which is the character move on the water. It was a hard task.
Today we had to make a project which was called About Me. The About Me project was when we had to make something that was about us. I got taught by someone because I was away that day but I got it done and it was really fun. you get to learn all about me. Here is a video.
Today in robotics we had to make our robot follow a black line. it was hard because you didn’t know how much you wanted it to go forward. we didn’t know what the program was going to look like so we just kept trying and trying. We had to use the colour sensor in all of these challenges. Here is my program on the follow the black line.
today we were still trying to figure out the program for the black line. it was tricky because our friends showed us their program but it wasn’t working. In the end we finished but it was hard and successful.
Today we started to make our robot go around in a circle. this was really tricky because it was hard to make it go in a curve. It wasn’t working at first because we were trying to make it go straight instead of a curve.
Today we kept on going with the circle. It went straight then it did a curve which we definitely didn’t want that to happen. We just kept on trying and trying. with the program we had to keep on trying and changing the program. Which was tricky.
Today was a LUCKY day! Our program finally worked. It was so exciting. Our friends helped us with the program but it finally worked. Here is a picture of the program. The program looks very small but it definitely worked. We used the colour sensor again otherwise it will not go.
Today we started another challenge. It was called The Challenge Mat. It had a lot of curves and lines. It was definitely challenging because their was a lot of curves and we have never done anything like it. We didn’t get on the 1st session we tried but we got better and better at it.
Today we got the program to work with some help of friends. Again it was hard and we kept trying and trying. Until our friend decided that they would help us with the program. It looks really small but it doesn’t matter if it is a small program or a big program. It only matters if it works or if you try. Here is my program.
This blog for Sphero will be in weeks.
This week in Sphero we had to program a Sphero which is a robot to go through a course. Then we had to make it in a chariot. What was challenging was with the chariot that we thought that we were not going to have to wheels so we tried making a Lego chariot without wheels and that didn’t work. So we moved to Knex with wheels and that worked so every time the Sphero crashes then we have to put it back in again. With the chariot we had to use that through the course and after a lot of experimenting we got over half way which is pretty good
The melting pot book is written by Christopher W Cheng.
It is about a boy Edward (Chek Chee) who is half Australian and half Chinese. He has to put up with a lot of racist taunts from all around Sydney and his cousin Elizabeth. He has to go to China but he doesn’t want too.
The book is really good but at some points it does get boring because their is no action to it. I recommend this book to anyone who likes reading diaries and likes not that much action and excitement.
I would give this book 3 stars because some days I was away and didn’t really know what was going on.
Today in class we made and played with origami pinwheels. What is a origami pinwheel? It is a piece of paper that you fold to make into a pinwheel which has four colours which are yellow, Blue and red. I learnt that 6/12 is 1/2. Here is a picture of somethings I did.
Today we tried our making our initials on Microworlds. Microworlds is a program that yo write commands in to the turtle to do so it can make all kinds of different shapes, letters ect. It was really hard to figure out if you had a curve in your name. I am lucky because I have 2 H’s in my name. I didn’t finish but here is 1 of the H’s. Here is a picture of my code.
Here is what it does
Today we designed our Rube Goldberg machines. It had to be detailed otherwise we couldn’t move on. To the teachers we had to explain why and how the machine would work so we could move on. This one was a test machine because in the future we will be doing another one.
We got to start with our Rube Goldberg machine. We had to make a pulley, out of materials which were wire, cups, wheels and string and that was really hard. We got instructions to follow which made it easier. After we made single we could try and m ake double pulleys. Overall I loved making pulleys and would like to do something else with it in the future.
Today we made things out of Lego that would help with rube Goldberg machines that we at doing in the future. My partner and I made a pop up sign with a hammer. It would have been hard if we had to find the right colour pieces but we didn’t have to. This one was hard because we would sometimes skip a step then we would have to gd back and check which one we missed. Here are some pictures.
Today we made things out of Knex. My partners and I made a dump truck. Knex sometimes is really hard to join to other bits. But it is really fun because you can make anything out of it. Again my group is making a dump truck it looks really but its not. Sometimes we would skip a task then have to come back to it. Here are some pictures of us working.
Today my partners and I joined the Lego, Pulley and Knex. We had some rough times but made it work in the end. Our goal was a marble to hit the space bar to take a photo. We joined a carousel which was interesting. It was hard because sometimes people got distracted and we got frustrated because it didn’t work. It was a really fun experience.
Today we designed our Rube Goldberg machines in our design books. We had to keep designing until it was detailed so we could move on.
Just keep on designing
Today we started making our Rube Goldberg machines. They are harder to make than you think it is. My group works really well and stays on task. I think it is better to make everything first then join it together. We got half of it done which is pretty good.
I wasn’t here but here is a video of my group working without me.
Today we tried our machine over and over again we changed it and added 5 marbles to make it stronger and it almost worked.
Today was our last session to finish our machines. Ours worked 3 times out of 24 times which is better than nothing we added a funnel and a stand to hold up the funnel. hopefully it works when we have to expo.
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Today my group and I finished the challenge. You had to make it do Seconds, Rotations and Degrees.
Today me and my group started the Colour Challenge. First we had to put on the light sensor on. We found this challenging because we knew what bricks to use but we couldn’t get them in the right spot so that was frustrating. In the end we got it to go forward and spot a colour. Then the kinder group came and we showed what we are learning because they are studying on robots too.
WHAT IS A ROBOT???
A robot is a machine that is capable of doing things humans can do or dangerous things that humans can’t do. A robot also has to be programmed otherwise it can’t do anything. A robot can never get tired or bored because they have no feelings in any way.
WHAT IS NEEDED TO MAKE A ROBOT WORK???
A program is definitely needed otherwise it can’t work because it doesn’t now what to do. You need to write the program properly otherwise it won’t work it might brake or get confused. The robot need to get told what to otherwise its still.
WHAT IS A PROGRAM?
Robot software is the set of coded commands or instructions that tell a robot or any other mechanical thing. Robot software is used to perform dangerous or not dangerous tasks. Many systems and frameworks have been made to make programming robots easier.
WHY DO YOU THINK ROBOTS WERE INVENTED???
Because there are heaps of dangerous things to do in the world and not so many not dangerous things in the world and I think they were invented because if we do dangerous things we might die and robots can do them and not die or get bored.
Today we got into a group of three and we had a start to our robotics unit. Every week we had to ulternate between Robotics and Rube Goldberg. I found out that I love robotics because I love building Lego. I found it a little tricky a times because I couldn’t find pieces and that got frustrating. I love Lego Robotics. A pseudocode is a program or a coding name. We had to make a program. What is a Program? a procedure is to make a robot do something like to open a door or something. But you cant just say take four steps forward but you don’t know how big they could just take four big steps. You have to explain like this Lift leg up 20cm take a 30cm step forward repeat 4. Where to next. I think we are going to be writing a program for our robots and testing it out.
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