Teaching ideas using BBC Micro:bit Go

Previously I blogged about the Micro:bit and more recently how I built a milk carton robot and programmed it using the Micro:bit. Part of my new role at school this year is to write and new programs for Y7 to Y9 students, to engage and encourage them to choose Digital Technology subjects. When I played with the BBC Micro:bit Go at the Futures school conference, I saw the potential straight […]

Milk carton robot using BBC Micro:bit Go

Previously I blogged about the BBC micro:bit and my initial thoughts, BLOG LINK. I blogged, that I had purchased some and that I intended to use them with my secondary students, but I didn’t go into any further detail.  Well, we are currently on school holidays and I am writing a program for my Year 9 Digital Technology students using the micro:bit.I am about half way through writing my program […]

Turtle Art Programming: It has been around for a long time but don’t underestimate what you can do with it

Turtle Art is a free program to download which brings programming and art together. By snapping blocks together, users explore coding, art, geometry, and math.  It helps students to detect patterns, understand the repetition of instructions, and understand following instructions only when a certain condition is met, which is important for STEM. It has been around for a long time. I explored it many years ago but never really understood […]

Makedo for cardboard construction

Makedo is a cardboard construction tool system that is open ended. It allows you to build imaginative and useful creations using recycled cardboard and other materials.  Using Makedo, students learn by doing, creating, experimenting, failing and maybe succeeding, but that’s not essential. A few weeks ago I was at a conference as was introduced to Makedo for the first time. At the conference, I spoke to a teacher who is currently using […]

Dot and Dash: My experience so far

Dot and Dash are robots which respond to voice, navigate objects, dance, sing and much more. If you aren’t familiar with them follow this LINK . Please note it is very commercial, then I’ll give you the run down from my experience as a teacher. We’ve had 9 Dot and Dash robots at school for the past two years and I must admit, I hadn’t had much success using them as […]

Ozobots: I’ve just started playing and I’m very impressed

Ozobots are small. They are about the same size as a table tennis (ping pong) ball. So far, I am impressed with them as they blend the physical world with the digital world. How? Well using Ozobot textas, you can draw code on paper (something in the physical world)  and they respond to the code. Below is an example which I recorded. They can also connect with the digital world […]

Enquiring Minds: Bridges to higher education

Enquiring Minds is a website aiming to equip students, their families, school staff and community groups with tools and information so school leavers and others can make informed decisions about their future. “Enquiring Mind series is produced for primary school students and encourages students to develop their interests and hobbies into careers through university study. The television series and website has been developed by the Bridges to Higher Education Participation and […]

World Solar Challenge: Free STEM resources for secondary teachers

The Bridgestone World Solar Challenge (BWSC) begins on the 8th of October. The event has been going since 1987. Every two years, “teams from leading international universities and technical institutes, together with private entrepreneurs and even high schools, come together “Down Under” to test and promote the ultimate synergy of nature, motion and innovation” (source). Why in Australia? Well there are two very obvious things we have, sunlight, and a […]

Fire Boy and Water Girl: Free strategy game

Fire Boy and Water Girl is a fun game for two players or one player. Players need to help  Fire Boy and Water Girl find an exit through multiple puzzling levels. Fire Boy must avoid the water and Water Girl must avoid the hot lava.  Players will need to think ahead and plan their way through each puzzling room in order to get them both safely to the exit. Reading […]