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Pulling apart

I’m pulling apart my brothers iPod.

Today we learnt about systems. Parts, people and how they interact. First we did our own about the School system. We scanned it and here is my system.



In our next session we drew our object and labelled all the parts. Then described what those parts did. Here is my work.


Once we had finished we started the pull apart. First I undid the screws and took off the case.

then I got out the memory board, but I had to cut a few wires.

and I also took out the screen.

The screen was made out of all these thin layers of plastic.

here are all the parts so far.




In the upcycle I started to put together an idea of a fly.






Sphero (Jimmy)

By Genevieve and Isla

In sphero we have completed three of the block activities. We have learnt to use lights, sounds and can make the sphero move.

My goal is to understand sphero and be able to move it easlily.

This was our first challenge, to make the sphero  draw a square. this is the video of the square.

Lesson #1

In this we coded using the roll block  and the delay block and in this video we used the loop block so it lopped 4 times and to make it change we used a block that said change by 90 degrees each corner of the square. we also used delay blocks in between the changes of angle.


This is when we made a triangle it was still apart of lesson 1


It was like the square but we had to divide


This was toss and throw

#Lesson 2


This was when we did spinning top.

#Lesson 3

If you spin it clockwise it turns red. if you spin it anticlockwise it turns green




We have now finished the hot potato

#Lesson 4

Last lesson


Ocean Mini Golf

Isla and Genevieve’s Ocean Mini Golf

My goal for this project is to make a golf course that has obstacles using  a Lego EV3 Brick. It will hopefully include 3 stages. Stage 1: A ship adventure. Stage 2: A path down a shark to get to get to our reef. Stage 3: Exit out though the reef with fish.





We have started our creation, first we are making our code and our Lego.



This is our code for our gates and trap-door.



We have made a gate and a trap door for an obstacle for our pirate ship stage.

This is our gate so far.


This is our trap-door so far.



These are our gates working



This is our trap-door working.


We have also attached the floor of our ship.




This is our shark. He is the path to the reef.




This is what we have made for our ship so far.

we are aiming to attach it to our reef . Make a spinning starfish and add a pipe that the ball can roll through.


We have attached the boat to the reef.




This is our course we’ve made fish and starfish for the reef and added a pipe so the ball is directed to the finishing hole. Our problem was merging everything together, we didn’t have a glue gun till Friday the 6th, and when we painted the base of the reef the paint to ages to dry. Our biggest successes were the making of the ship and the shark the turned out well.


Math kites

This is our pattern


This is it after we added angles

My humming bird creature

My Humming Bird Creature

By Genevieve Dennis



My initial goal is to…….

Create a creature that moves and talks and has some LED’s included.

This is my design of what I would like to make.

Here are the parts, purposes and complexities of my design:


This is the first iteration of my creature’s system.


When you press the space key your code underneath will play.

Once you code starts, if you add this block you put your code in the space in the middle it will then repeat the code 10 times that you put in the middle of the block. You can change the amount of times it repeats.

This block controls the motor. in our design we used this block for our gear motor. To make it work you can change what number is where the 100 is, this number controls the power of the motor. You can also change the number where the 1 is, that tells the hummingbird what gate the motor is connected too.

The hummingbird single LED. this light can only show one colour, whatever colour the cord is other than black. Same as the gear motor, where the 1 is, is which gate it is in while the 50 is how much power is put into the light.

The hummingbird TRI-LED is the same to the single LED except that it has three colours on the cord which represent what colours it can show. R stands for Red. B stands for Blue. G stands for Green. With the TRI-LED you can also mix the colours, like I have programmed my lights to show 50 Red and 50 Blue, which makes my light purple. I have programmed two lights, they are in gate 1 and gate 2.


I was able to get these working by switching cords and changing my code.






Robot Claw

Robot Claw Design Project with Claudia and Ava


At first we got it to work  but then the axles broke. We rebuilt more than 3 times. We then figured out that our axles weren’t strong enough. We fixed it and programmed it on our computer. It now works with the computer and the brick.







This is what we needed to build our robot claw.



This is what we finally came up with.







I first coded it with scratch but I’ve now started with Lego Mindstorms EV3. This is my first attempt.





Mount Feathertop Project

Mount Feathertop Project


In this project we are aiming to teach people about Mount Feathertop and it’s history.





These pictures are of our code design and were the trees in our project are going to be placed.


This is our Mountain  after we painted it white.


This is the fake snow we will add to make our project more realistic.


step counter



Scratch debugging 2.0

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