Automating Robotic Arms

Maplin produce a building kit for a 5 motor robotic arm.  It is brilliant and takes about 3 hours to construct. It costs £29.99 which is a snip for this level of automation.  The five stage motors are controlled by a simple windows interface which allows you to explore its movement: What is really coolContinue reading “Automating Robotic Arms”

Thymio II

I was really interested when I stumbled across this robot. This floor robot has the greatest functionality of all floor robots with an extension programming language which makes it suitable for KS5 work.  I think this should be explored as a KS3 to KS4 programming challenge. Here is the release video: This shows you somethingContinue reading “Thymio II”

Using IO Boards for Scratch

Scratch is just great for teaching programming right up to about 14 years old. The normal game projects can be extended by using interface boards.  The first board I like is the Pico board which can be shown in this video: These can be obtained online from http://proto-pic.co.uk/picoboard/?gclid=CJryk6mI_LsCFSgTwwodbwcATw S4A is a Scratch modification that supports simpleContinue reading “Using IO Boards for Scratch”

inGenious competition – bringing STEM to life

A new competition has been launched to inspire the most creative teaching minds to translate their passion for science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects into exciting classroom experiences. The inGenious competition – co-ordinated in the UK by Futurelab at NFER – calls for all teachers in Europe to help their pupils better see theContinue reading “inGenious competition – bringing STEM to life”

Barefoot Computing project: teacher secondments

The Barefoot Computing project aims to equip primary school teachers with the basic knowledge and confidence needed to begin the journey towards becoming an excellent computing teacher. It is funded by DfE and run in partnership by CAS and BCS. The project is recruiting 2.5 FTE teachers to be seconded onto the project during theContinue reading “Barefoot Computing project: teacher secondments”

New Expert Body on Computing Education Established

The UK Forum for Computing Education (UKForCE) will provide an independent and unified voice to advise UK government and other agencies on issues relating to computing education. UKForCE is led by the Royal Academy of Engineering and will provide advice on the curriculum, qualifications and assessment and the supply and training of computing teachers. TheContinue reading “New Expert Body on Computing Education Established”

Scratch interfacing with LEGO WEDO

The sensors and motor in scatch can all be driven by scratch programming. This raises the opportunity for additional level of programming offered by the base kit. Additional steps include: 1. Having the robot effect a program on the screen 2. Using the percentage factors in Scatch 3. Use the inequality functions to effect theContinue reading “Scratch interfacing with LEGO WEDO”