Projects

We have been very active in the last year here is a showcase of our projects:

Hedgehog Republic

hedge hog republic

The hedgehog republic is the idea that by joining gardens together and closely monitoring the hedgehogs we will be able to maintain and grow the populations. The republics will have a number of the hogbox stations which record the weight and appearance of the hedgehog. This data will be immediately shared on the web portal allowing the local community to develop a strong protective bond to their local hedgehog community.

hogbox

The local primary school children run the hedgehog republics as part of their curriculum.  This will allow them to use what they are learning to help their local hedgehogs.  They will become ambassadors for the hedgehog republic. The ambassadors will help to promote safe gardening practices and tunnels through fences. For further information see the information pack.

school

Hedgehog Feed stations

The hogbox is a sophisticated system designed to monitor the hedgehog either as a feeding station or as a resident. It is equipped with a camera, microphone, temperature inside and out and weight.  The information is sent directly to web portal which records all the data ( Hedgehog live). 


Hedgehog Tunnels

We have developed hedgehog tunnels for Nottingham Trent University to read pit tags as hedgehog more between gardens. The equipment can be deployed with a solar panel for months at a time or by battery power for 2 week stretches.


Teaching Angles Through Logo Board Game

Yes, I know that we could go straight to the screen and play with LOGO.  However young minds are so impressionable and it is our responsibility to give them as many possilbe learning avenues.  That is why Rob and I are piloting the use of learning LOGO programming on physical boards.

It introduces angles at level 3  ( rt90, lt90, lt45, rt45, lt180, rt180) and also level 3/4 algebra in the form of fd [ ? ].   The forward and backward value is rolled via a dice nicely introducing variables without being too explicit.

logo board

Download the resources and give us your feedback:

Teaching LOGO on Boards

” making through maths “

Robot Olympics a Huge Success

The robot olympics run by our sister organisation were a huge success.  Here is a post  about the course:

The  courses were run at Deer Park, Marling, The Crypt and Balcarras Schools. This is what the students had to say:

“It should be longer”, “This course was amazing”,”This taught me so much about coding”,

“I couldn’t improve it”,”An amazing fun day”,”crash Sumo robots yes”, “Do not miss it”,

“The best ever robot course”, “Robots are amazing”, “Very fun day”,

“The better man won”,”Uber -Fun”,”Exciting and interesting”, “Its technologically fascinating”,

“I loved every second”, “Amazing I would love to do it again”, “It was superly, beyond epic awesome!”,

“I loved it”…..

We programmed robotic arms and built Sumo wrestling robots. The video gives you a little feel of a great day.

Robot Academy Starts Rolling out Great Education

 

We have launched Robot Academy to support the learning of the skills needed for the future Scientists and Engineers.

Please check out our sister site:

http://www.robotacademy.co.uk

This work has grown from our work in schools with Robots and Maths.  It is clear that young people want to engage and become makers with the wonderful new technologies which abound.

 

Creating Computer Games with Maths

Computer games – some people like them and some people hate them (usually parents).  However at Gastrells Primary School the students  make computer games.  These computer games  have a difference, the student design them to teach Maths.  The first project they undertook was the development of their own coordinate game. This was so successful that the students have volunteered to teach the whole class how to develop coordinate games.  Furthermore, the school has gained some great homegrown resources.

 

Thrupp School Maths and Robots

Thrupp Primary School had a wonderful time exploring Maths and Robots just before half term.  The year 3/4 class got to grips with space travel, angle rotation and distance through a fantastic exploration project.  The parents were amazed to find their children learning angle work, which is often taught at year 6.   My deepest thanks to Mrs Harrison and Mrs Pritchard who made this happen!