WeDo 2.0 robotics and coding

The children in the middle room have been busy exploring their LEGO WeDO 2.0 robotics and coding kits.

Combining colorful LEGO building elements, easy-to-use hardware, and an intuitive drag-and-drop coding language LEGO WeDo 2.0 continuously engages children through playful learning activities to think critically and solve complex problems, regardless of their learning level. WeDo 2.0 helps children learn the essential STEM and 21st century skills needed to become the innovative minds of tomorrow… while having fun!

There’s a lot of learning theory that says that experiential learning is very beneficial to children as it gives them concrete experiences to connect with the more abstract, theoretical STEM concepts. Making attempts that don’t work—and figuring out why they didn’t—is a crucial part of the learning process.When children are learning through testing and troubleshooting, they’re developing a sense of confidence that it’s OK if it doesn’t work the first time.

Robotics

The children in the 5th and 6th classes were busy building and coding EV3 Mindstorms robots this week. As part of our School Excellence – Digital project we have the opportunity to explore the benefits of robotics and coding. As the world grows more technologically complex, computer science and computational thinking are becoming even more crucial fundamentals for students to learn. Since you can physically see the results of your coding exercises, robots offer a uniquely engaging format for learning these concepts. By its nature, the study of robotics inherently incorporates all four pillars of STEM while also encouraging teamwork, problem solving, and leadership for our students.

Robotics

The children in 3rd and 4th classes were busy today building and coding different robots using Lego WeDo 2.0. There’s no better way to learn than to learn through play! Robotics lessons with Lego WeDo 2.0 are a great opportunity for children to build their own robots and to create the code to control them. The children work in small groups to build mechanisms and make them operate in the way they want them to. With Lego WeDo 2.0 projects the children develop an understanding of correct troubleshooting procedures to solve various engineering problems while having a lot of fun.

 

West Cork Robotics

Our School Excellence – Digital initiative has allowed our school cluster to fund innovative new technologies that introduce children to computational thinking and engineering principles in a fun and engaging way. The three West Cork Schools – Togher N.S, Cappabue N.S. and Drinagh N.S. have been busy putting these new technologies to good use. Find out more from our latest video.

WeDo Robotics

The children in the Senior Room have been really engaged in our School Excellence – Digital programme this week.  Our “hands-on mind-on” approach to learning engages children, sparks creativity, develops critical thinking skills, and is just fun! LEGO WeDo 2.0 brings to life the building elements that motivate children to collaborate, build, problem-solve, and explore, all while deepening their STEM learning and developing 21st-century skills.

Collaborating on Scratch

Scratch has become one of our favourite lessons at Togher National School. Scratch helps the children develop many numeracy skills in an exciting and enjoyable way.  One of the main features of the lesson is the collaboration between the children – look at the pictures below and imagine the conversations. “How did you do that?” “How do I fix this?” “Look at this” “If you change that around it might work” “you need to put in a decimal point there”. All the children are engaged with their learning and collaborating with each other.

Scratch programming

The children in 3rd and 4th classes have been busy creating their first Scratch script. This simple script involved an animated Smiley Face that blinks and then smiles. Have a quick look at the finished animation before we share the Scratch block programming.

This animation involves just four pictures.

To create this animation the children first had to create the Smiley Face character or “sprite”. Scratch has a Draw Sprite option which is very user friendly and quite similiar to MS Paint.

 

The children next duplicated the Smiley Face sprite and then edited the eyes to create the blink costume.

Another duplication of the Smiley Face was edited to create the start of a smile costume.

Another duplication of the Smiley Face was edited to create a full smile costume.

Next the children used Scratch blocks to create the code. Blocks are puzzle-piece shapes that connect to each other vertically like a jigsaw puzzle.

The Green Flag block starts the script.

The switch costume block is used to change the appearance of the sprite.

The wait block controls the length of time that each costume appears.

The finished script for our short animation.

Scratch is free to download. The Scratch Offline Editor can be downloaded here.

https://uploads.scratch.mit.edu/scratch2download/

 

 

 

WeDo 2.0 robotics and coding

We are delighted to introduce LEGO Education WeDo 2.0 at Togher N.S. As part of our School Excellence – Digital project we have invested in these hands-on STEM kits that combine the LEGO brick, classroom-friendly software, engaging standards-based projects and a discovery based approach. Designed with collaboration in mind, each Core Set introduces our children to computational thinking and engineering principles in a fun and engaging way.

Bee-Bots

The children in the Junior Room have been getting to know our new, colourful, easy-to-operate and friendly little Bee-Bots. An award winning programmable floor robot, the Bee-Bot has a simple and child friendly layout and is the perfect starting point for teaching counting, sequencing, estimation, problem-solving , directional language and programming to young children.