This term Year 10 and Year 9 are discovering what they can create with a BBC Micro:bit – a pocket-sized codeable computer with motion detection, a built-in compass and Bluetooth technology. See BBC Micro:bit website for more details.
Year 8 and Transition are learning about programming using the Scratch Junior program on the iPads.
Year 7 are making their own mobile phone apps using Blippit.
Year 7 are learning what makes up a computer. They are doing this by learning how to independently set up our set of Raspberry Pi computers. They soon discovered Minecraft and enjoyed networked games on their own server. They will soon be moving on to learn how to prgram using Scratch on their Raspberry Pi.
Year 8 are creating their own stop frame animations using Monkey Jam. Moshi Monsters and the Simpsons will soon be seen in their own films here.
Both Year 9 classes have been learning about the difference between the internet and the world wide web. They are now discovering how messages and information travels around the internet and in particular about the network infrasturcture in the school.
Year 10 have finished their work for the Entry Level ICT qualification and will move onto creating their own computing projects.
Outline for this term’s lessons …
Year 7 : Programming using Lego WeDo kits and Scratch
Year 8 : Creating Art using Scratch
Year 9 : Creating quizzes using Scratch
Year 10 : Creating interactive games using a Kinect and Scratch
This week the Wednesday Computing group used Lego WeDo and Scratch 1.4 to make and program a barrier for entry to a car park. They used a proximity sensor to automatically open the barrier if a car approached. Their work was based on the excellent planning by Phil Bagge on his website code-it.co.uk.
Last week the Wednesday Computing group had the task of designing a fan for a toilet! This work was based on the excellent planning from Phil Bagge’s website. They used Lego WeDo kits to make the fans and then Scratch 1.4 to program them.
This week our KS3 and KS4 students are using code.org for their Hour Of Code.
They are all enjoying programming Elsa and Anna – even the boys!!
Today we extended our one button LED program from last week to create a reaction game. The idea is that the LED lights (after a random period of time) and the player needs to press the button as quickly as possible. Their reaction time is then recorded in a variable. One group managed to add a best score too.
In Computing today we had to use our electronics knowledge to create a circuit that contained a button, a LED and two resistors. This is the first time we used breadboards in compuing and it took a while to get all things set up. Eventually we were able to write some Scratch code so that when the button was pressed the LED came on. This extended our use of GPIO pins to include the button as an input. Next week we will create a reaction game based on this set-up.
SSSC has gained the status of a Lead School in Computer Science Teaching.This means that other schools may visit SSSC to see what happens in our Computing lessons and maybe borrow some of our resources. More information about Computer Science Lead Schools can be found on the Computing At School website here.
Today in Mr Parry’s room music and screams were heard – they came from Jelly Babies being gently squeezed!
The students had attached Jelly Babies to Raspberry Pi GPIO pins and then used Scratch to play sounds through speakers. At one Pi, three Jelly Babies were being used as a mixing desk to play some hip hop. Unfortunately, some Jelly Babies did not survive.