Lesson 30: Agricultural Machines & Robots

Snack & Chat

The Year One class has been learning about plants – how they grow, and what they need to grow. When we plant things in our own garden, we use our hands and a number of small tools, like a spade.

But when farmers grow things in large fields, they often use big machines to help them. Can you think of any?

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Do you remember growing potatoes last year? If you had a whole field of them, then you might find this machine handy:

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Computer Time

I’ve got some plant-growing and gardening games for you to play today. Let’s start with Mr. Bloom’s Nursery:

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Let’s grow some plants together:

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Would you like to help Caillou in his garden?

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or maybe help Curious George to get ready for Spring time by planting flowers?

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Lesson 29: Building Castles

Snack & Chat

A few weeks ago, the Form One class was learning about Castles and the names of all of their parts. It was pretty hard to build castles in the Middle Ages, because they didn’t have any of the machines that we have now!

But they did actually invent some pretty cool machines of their own to make the work easier. Take a close look at this picture and tell me if you can see what they are doing.

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Computer Time

Today we’re going to start with a Castle Building game, together with Mike the Knight.

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When you’re done playing this game, you can play the other Mike the Knight Games, or explore all of the Treehouse Games.

If like puzzles and want to do something a bit more challenging – how about helping the Tiny King find out who stole the cake from his castle?

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Lesson 28 – Our Computers

Snack & Chat

Let’s have a chat about Computers – how many of you have a computer at home? How many of you have used a computer at the library? How about playing games on your Mom or Dad’s phone? On an iPad or other Tablet?

They are all different shapes and sizes, but they are all computers.

Do you see any computers in this classroom? They look different from the ones in our ICT Room don’t they? What’s different?

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Let’s’s talk about all of the different parts, and what they do. Many of our computers have touch-screens. We can then touch exactly the things that we want to make move or to open. But how do we tell our ICT Room computers what we want them to do?

Let’s go to the ICT Room now, and see if we can find all of these parts on our school Computers.

Computer Time

Today we walked through how to start our school computers ourselves, how to login, how to launch the browser, and how to choose our favourite games to play!

Now it’s time to have some fun playing. Have Fun!

Lesson 27 – First day of a new Term

Snack & Chat

Welcome back from the Christmas Holidays, and welcome to a number of new members of our Robots & Computers Club!

Today let’s talk about our little friends the BeeBots:

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These great little Robots follow our instructions. We tell them how we would like them to move by pressing direction arrows on their backs, and when we’ve given them our full set of insructions, we press the GO button.

Let’s spend some time getting to know these cute little guys, in teams of two.

Computer Time

We have a number of favourite play areas that we have bookmarked on our Computers, and the rest of club today is free play time.

  1. Poisson Rouge: https://www.poissonrouge.com/
  2. Nina’s Engineering Playground: http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/games/ninas-engineering-playground
  3. Duckie Deck: http://duckiedeck.com/play
  4. Logic Snail Bob: http://www.mathplayground.com/logic_snail_bob_2.html

Have Fun!

Lesson 26 – Landing a Robot on a Comet

Snack & Chat

This week I would like to tell you about something exciting that happened just a number of days ago. A group of scientists and engineers who were very curious about objects that are out in space, did something quite amazing.

First let’s start by taking a look at these photos. The are photos of the stars, taken from earth, and in the middle of those stars is a shiny object that astronomers saw was moving. It’s a comet.

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This is the best possible photo that we’re able to take of the comet from earth, using the Very Large Telescope. You can see it’s tail in this photo. Does anybody know what comets are made out of? What is their tail made out of?

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Well scientists also want to learn much much more about comets and what they are made out of. So they worked with a group of engineers to design this space ship. It’s called the Rosetta. It’s long blue wings are solar panels, so that it can get all of its energy directly from the sun. And it has a satellite dish so that we can control it from earth, and it can send us information back.

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As it got close, this is what it saw: http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2014/08/NavCam_animation_6_August

And once it was even closer, it sent us a very surprising photo of the comet. It’s not a round rock! In fact, a lot of the people looking at this photo thought that it looked a lot like a rubber duckie.

This is a much better photo of the comet isn’t it?

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Can you guess how big this comet might be? Bigger than our classroom? Bigger than our school? Let me show you exactly how big it is….

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I didn’t get a chance to upload the rest of the photos here, so let’s look at the European Space Agency website, where they have shared all of the photos of this mission.

http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Missions/Rosetta/(class)/image 

There is something very special about this spacecraft Rosetta. It’s carrying a Robot! A space robot in fact… called Philae. This robot has been designed to land on the comet and do some science experiments for us, and send all of that information back to earth. (Show a photo of what it looks like, the areas on the comet that the Operations Team planned to drop it down on – note boulders where it could tip over and shadows where it won’t get enough sun energy, how it looked dropping down from Rosetta, the photos of it bouncing, and the photo of where it is now….

Lesson 25: Let’s talk about Algorithms

Snack & Chat

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You use code to tell a computer what to do. Before you write code you need an algorithm.

An algorithm is a list of rules to follow in order to solve a problem.

Algorithms need to have their steps in the right order. Think about an algorithm for getting dressed in the morning. What if you put on your coat before your jumper? Your jumper would be on top of your coat and that would be silly! When you write an algorithm the order of the instructions is very important.

Let’s think of some other lists of instructions that we follow in our everyday lives, can you guess what they are?

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Let’s Play a little Algorithm Game

Pretend that I am a robot child and you need to programme me to get ready to go to school in the morning. Let’s come up with a list of steps that I have to follow in order to get to school on time.

Computer Time – Let’s Help Bob the Snail

I’ve got a new game on the computer for you today:

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http://www.mathplayground.com/logic_snail_bob_2.html