Give a brief explanation of your project.
We submitted an application in order to purchase Lego Mindstorms and Chrome books. This came about following work our senior pupils have been engaged in with UHI. When the application for funding came, I discussed it with pupils and they asked could we bid for money to buy more Mindstorms. If we were successful, the senior pupils would spend time building, adapting and programming in order to develop their skills and then share this across the school.
How has the technology enhanced learning and teaching within your school/department?
The interest level from the senior pupils was superb. All pupils in P6 and P7 have spent time working collaboratively in groups learning how to build, program and control the Mindstorms. UHI ran a Mindstorms competition which our pupils became involved in and are waiting to hear how successful we were in our creations and presentation.
Although Technologies is the main development area, the work children are involved in has developed their literacy and numeracy skills and skills in working as a team – sharing ideas, finding solutions and listening to others opinions. Using the Lego apps has also allowed pupils to work at different levels using the controller or programming in order to move and direct the Mindstorms.
From the initial class work, we now have a Mindstorms club who meet at lunchtime to refine initial builds, create Mindstorms races and battles and have now begun to make PowerPoint presentations to support staff and younger pupils in their work with Mindstorms.
Next steps for the project...
Pupils from the Mindstorm Club will now be coaches for staff and younger pupils.
Below is a presentation from Balloch Primary on their use of Lego Mindstorms.
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