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Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Creative Computing Club: Week 5 LEGO Mindstorms

Really impressed by the students today during the LEGO® Mindstorms® session, they took to it really quickly and were really confident in doing so. I had planned to teach them three examples, but only ended up teaching them two, I let them explore the Mindstorms kit and then provided them with a challenge to work out on their own, both teams successfully solved the challenge and had fun doing so. We got the kit to walk, detect colours, distance, play sounds and a combination of these.

You can download all the resources from this and the other sessions from here, you'll need the standard LEGO Mindstorms NXT 2.0 kit for the examples using the "Alpha Rex" robot.

We also had quite a bit of good news this week, one student has been accepted on to a Degree and one has been nominated for Best Young Scientist award, so well done to both of them, very proud of of them.
Finally we talked about what we hoped to achieve in the year long program starting in September, hopefully adding .net Gadgeteer, Minecraft EDU, HTML/Javascript and App Inventor to the existing Processing, Game Maker, Arduino, LEGO Mindstorms, animation and sound modules.

I am going to set up Creative Computing Club as a Community Interest Company and that way we can get more funding to get more equipment and to do bigger projects in the year long curriculum.

Today was excellent, so I want to do more of the same.

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