Technology has changed our world, allowing us to accomplish tasks in much simpler ways. Instead of riding a horse long distances to school, we can now get there much quicker on a bus. Instead of writing a letter that a mailman’s hand delivers to another person’s mailbox, we can send a text message that instantly arrives on a cell phone. In the field of science, our lives are simpler and more efficient in a variety of ways because of robotics. In fact, the bus or car you take to school was probably built by robots working along an assembly line.
Consider how robots have changed our world. One small invention can completely change how we live or interact with each other. No matter how large or life-changing an invention is, it starts with a very small concept: an idea. Every great invention started as a thought in someone’s head. Many inventions have resulted from ideas generated by kids! Kids thought of better ways to do things, and they were able to put their ideas into action. You are the next generation of innovators! What are some problems that you would like to solve with an invention?
Since you are the future of our world and will shape the world of tomorrow, you will be given the opportunity to work with a team of students to determine a problem or need that you feel needs addressing. Your challenge is to create a Lego Mindstorms robot that will:
- be used for space.
- be used to improve life.
- be used to explore unknown areas.
- be used to explore museums virtually (see this explanation).
- solve a unique need (create a robot that will be useful to your community).
During the last week of this competition, your team will submit a video of your robot to be evaluated. Your team may also choose to prepare a report or digital presentation on how your robot solves your problem. Once the judges evaluate all of the robotics, based on the project rubric, the winning team will be announced!
Good luck! Happy inventing!
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The festive season will no doubt see a rise in the number of our young people who have access to internet enabled devices with many techy gadgets and games at the top of their Christmas lists.
Check out the latest blog from CEOP with some good advice for parents and carers.
Last year, the Hour of Code theme of creativity inspired students globally to create technology using computer science. On Code.org alone, students have created over 55 million projects!
Starting this year, the Hour of Code will continue inspiring student creativity with a new theme: Computer Science for Good. #CSforGood
CS Education Week, December 9th – 15th 2019, we hope you’ll join us!
Inspired by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Hour of Code will highlight how we can all use computer science to make a positive impact on our world, from writing apps to solve a local problem, to using innovative ideas in data science to address global challenges.
Sustainable Development Goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice. The Goals interconnect and in order to leave no one behind, it ís important that we achieve each Goal and target by 2030.
Really interesting and up to date figures from the Internet Watch Foundation showing trends over the last year.
You can download it here
Useful guide for parents on Fortnite can be found here
LAST CALL before take off.
This week is the last chance for your school to join our FIRST® LEGO® League – Into Orbit Tournament.
Our tournament will be hosted at The Word on Thursday 6th December 2018
Here is the link to join
There is a FREE webinar being delivered by Raising Robots which may be useful for our teams taking part in this years FIRST® LEGO® LeagueTournament
DON’T MISS this week’s Mindstorms training webinar from our friends at Raising Robots:
- Wednesday 10 October 16.00 – 17.15
- Thursday 18 October 16.00 – 17.15
All the sessions will use the same link:
Delegates can check that their devices will work properly before the session using the following link: https://support.logmeininc.com/gotowebinar/help/join-a-test-session-g2w060001
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