Give a brief explanation of your project.
As technology has been a specific area our school has been focussing on, we decided to join this with other Interdisciplinary Learning Topics, India, that had been covered in the P5-7 classes. The pupils were charged with creating some way of preventing or helping before or after a natural disaster that happens regularly in Asia, due to a wild and varied climate. Designs would have to be drawn up and prototypes made in 3D, before a presentation to other groups was given.
How has the technology enhanced learning and teaching within your school/department?
We applied for a Lego Mindstorms unit and a controlling Chrome Book, with our funding. This was then used so that children could create and program the robots to carry out the tasks their prototypes had been designed for. It allowed the child to research the pitfalls and problems of a real working model, as opposed to just a static one. Children were able to take designs back to the drawing board and recalculate how machines would need to function to be successful for their purpose.
Any tips for other schools looking to do a similar project?
There are a few bugs with the downloadable Lego Mindstorms Chrome Book app and the Chrome Book Bluetooth connection. However after some internet searching we found that it does work fine and it just need some other setting added within the app.
Next steps for the project...
As the Mindstorms come with a variety of sensors, the pupils want to investigate whether they can increase the effectiveness of their prototypes by incorporating more programmes into the coding.
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