Hummingbird? What is hummingbird? Hummingbird is basically micro bit combined with MaKey MaKey. There is lots of different parts here are a few. The motherboard, cords, lights, colour sensor, ultrasonic sensor, a micro bit, LED’s, motors and wheels.

The first thing we did was find a partner and get onto the home page. Oscar didn’t have a partner and neither did I so we partnered up together. On the homepage you have to pick between two motherboards. The hummingbird bit is bluetooth. The hummingbird duo needs to be plugged into the computer by USB at all times. You would use the hummingbird duo for something that has moving parts but still stands still. Oscar (B) wanted to make one of the many project ideas on the portal that have tutorials with them. So we pick the rover because it was like a car and we actually get to drive it around!

I added a magic touch to it and turned the driver into a cat! Then Oscar saw one of the little machines you could make to go with the robot. The one that stood out for Oscar was the winch. Which would wind a piece of string in and out kind of like a moving tow bar.

When the teachers told us that once we had got our first robot working we could just add more cool stuff onto our one that worked instead of making a completely new one. So that’s when the idea popped into my head ( well Oscar also helped me with this idea! ) My Idea is to put the tow bar thing on the back ( expect not moving ) and attach it to a little cardboard trailer or pen thing, that has no wheels by the way. Then put a kitten in the trailer or pen! Oscar agreed! So while Oscar worked with the hot glue on the actual car bit ( because hot gluing isn’t really my specialty, ) I got to make a cat, a kitten and a trailer pen. I started to code the cat to have a lit up nose! Oscar decided to put a ultrasonic at the back as well so then if it saw something in front it would go back and if it saw something behind it, it would go forward! This Wednesday has been more of a building day but I will be back to youΒ  on 7th of November 2020! BYE FOR NOW



ALERT: Just so you know this blog goes over 3 days!!!

My video. The file was to big to embed, so here is a link. If you have trouble accessing please let me know.

Fun With Drones.mp4 (sharepoint.com)

Day 1

Before we got our drones working we were working on these coding challenges on the TELLO EDU app. I was doing it on my I-Phone and Annie was doing it with me. We completed up to challenge 10!

One of the hard challenges was to pick up a gun and shoot it at the bomb so the drone wouldn’t blow up! It had lot’s of tricky obstacles at the start and we kept failing it but we did it in the end.

Then we tried to get Scratch 2 working so we could get a chance to fly them for real not just in digital! But we ran out of time and I had to go to swimming so that was the end of drones for that day.

Day 2

On Wednesday Sophie and I met Boby. Boby is a TELLO DRONE! We used my iPhone to connect to her. Boby gave the rainbow light signal and we flew her higher and higher into the big blue sky!

Sophie and I took turns flying the drone around the school. Up above is some of the video we took. When Sophie had her first turn flying Boby around she sort of crashed it into the tree…… but don’t worry because Boby is the master of dodging and she didn’t get stuck! I panicked so much 😱 but afterwards I couldn’t stop laughing πŸ˜‚!!! Sophie made me promise not to tell anyone. SORRY SOPHIE! Anyway when I first got hold of the drone Grace W and Sophia wanted to be in the video. They were dancing and doing cartwheels it made me very happy!!! 😊

Then sadly Boby went flat so Sophie walked back to the class room to get a new battery ( one that was charged. ) In the meantime Boby still had a bit of charge so I went on the playground with her and that was when I got my big idea! My idea was to use the drone to film Sophie and I doing different things on the playground but you can only see our legs so it looks like we are taking a video of ourselves with a phone or something like that. In case you are wondering where I got the idea from I got it from an add that’s about a holiday booker app it has lots of photos where you can just see the persons feet. There is also a video of someone going down a water slide but you can just see the feet. So it looks like it’s from the persons eyes because we can only see our feet when going down a water slide. It worked on the Monkey bars but not so much on the slide.

Day 3

You might know that Monday the 23rd of November 2020 was not the best day to be flying drones about. So you might be thinking what were we supposed to do instead. Since we had already done all the challenges what was up for us that day. Well that’s exactly what I was thinking that day when I walked into school. Mr McKie told us to have a go at this online drone coding challenge called drone dash. The code was very much like scratch here is what the sprite drone is.

Β I made up quite a few inventions with the coding program that I was very proud of.

See In 2nd Half Of Video!

Thank you for Reading Fun With Drones and be sure to look out for my next blog HUMMINGBIRD?

Remember Coding Takes Patience!!!