July 2018 archive

Little Bits and Makey Makey

I chose to do Little Bits out of the 5 options that Mr Colbert read out to us. Because there wasn’t enough packs for everyone to have 1 each we had o get into pairs. I got partnered with Eve which I was very happy about. When we got our sets we had a little bit of a play around with it. We figured out that on either sides of each block there are magnets so you can stick them together. I think that that’s also where the circuit runs through from block to block. I tried connecting the power board to the light block and the light turned on. We used the light dimmer and another one to make the light dimmer and flash. We I got the Little bits app downloaded onto my laptop Eve and I decided to make the soccer goal. When you kick something with your fingers into the net, behind the net (which is cardboard) it sensors it and something flashes across the top. We got half done when the bell went so unfortunately we had to pull everything apart and put it back into the box. But I bet that on Thursday we will be able to get done 2 projects.

Today we finished the soccer pitch and it was a great success. Behind the picture of the soccer goal is a set-up like the one you can see in the picture above. The aim of the game is to hit as many goals as you can. Every time you do get a goal in the little box in the corner numbers will go by. Say you hit 3 goals, the number 3 will flash on the box. If you miss the other one it will still be 3. It will go on continuously so you can play as long as you like. You restart by taking out the plug connected from the power pack to your game and then just put it back in. The little button down the bottom is where you have to hit. If you hit it you get a goal. It was very tricky to get the picture of the goal right in front of it.

 

Makey Makey

I had the rehearsal for the foundation concert today so I couldn’t get much done but Katie my partner got something to work. She made a piano using alligator clips, paper, grey leads and the makey makey board. Here is the video for it.

She found a website that was for making pianos in makey makey. Theres a website in google that tells you how to make it. First you have to draw a picture of a piano on a piece of paper with lines going down as you can see in the video. Connect the red wire from the mother board to your computer. If you don’t do this now then you won’t have a connection with the board. Then connect specific wires from the paper to the mother board. There are different parts on the board like space, earth, 2 circles and a bit cross that you can slightly see in the video. After you have connected them I think you go onto this website with the picture of a piano and when you press the keys on your paper you will make sounds.

 

Hummingbirds

 

Module 2 tri coloured LEDs 2.0

In order for you to program a program on Bird Brain you have to have your humming bird board already connected before you open it up or it won’t work. If you don’t get everything in its exact place the whole thing will not work, even if its just 1 wire in the wrong place. Let me show you the program for the tri coloured LED number 2.0.

   

 

The yellow block is the block where you press a specific key it will run through the program. In this case I chose the space key, so when I press it the program will run into the hummingbird board and it will happen. The purple block is the tri coloured LED block which is the block which makes the tri coloured program work. There is a block for each subject because everything is different. The R means red, the G green and the B means blue. It gets harder as I goes.

Module 2.1 tri coloured LED

This module was a little bit harder than the last one because it said that you had to sought of modify the last one to make one of your own. So basically its a new one.

I copied my first try off the computer because I wasn’t really sure what to do. It worked though which I was really happy about. The first brick is the same one I was explained earlier. The next brick is the repeat block. It makes you repeat the program who ever many times that you made it repeat using the number in the box. The next one is the hummingbird block and you already know what it means so the next one is the wait second box. It’s what gives your program a rest before you keep on going with it. Then it basically j ust repeats the whole thing.

Module 3 Vibration motors

 

We are now speeding along with Hummingbirds. The other modules didn’t work for us so we might try them again later I we have the chance. Here is the program and the video of the vibration motor.

If you have a picture in front of you I find it a lot easier to follow the instructions because someone has already done it and you can actually look at it. Reading is different to looking and is easy to comprehend when you are looking at something. 

Rabbit Proof Fence

I thought that rabbit proof fence was a really emotional movie and touched a lot of people’s hearts. Now that I experienced how it felt like for those people who got stolen from their families I feel really bad for them and I started to wish that it never happened. I thought that how the people also took them away was really cruel because Molly her sister and her cousin were snatched right out of their mother’s arms. People dragged them away from their parents and then dumped them at a home. Also if you got caught trying to run away you would be taken into this tiny room and you would get punished by getting all your hair cut of. Something also really bad was their was an Aboriginal tracker who helped track Aborigines who ran away as his job when he knew how much they wanted to go home. If I could go back in time I would try and convince the government that he was doing a horrible thing and if he refused I would help all the Aboriginals escape and tell him he was doing a terrible job of helping them. I don’t understand why he didn’t let the Aboriginals go when he knew how much the children wanted to go home.