Fourteen teams from Midlothian’s mi:SPACE project came to Newbattle Community High School to participate in Midlothian’s VEX Challenge.
The Midlothian Challenge required teams to control and program robots that they had designed in school to carry out a series of tasks. All of our schools showed fantastic skill and team work when taking part in each challenge. Pupils worked together to problem solve, write computer code and perfect their robot design throughout the event.
Bonnyrigg PS won the programming challenge, Saint Luke’s won the controller challenge and Newtongrange won the design challenge.
The children also enjoyed experimenting with our new 360 degree RICOH THETA camera. The team photos can be viewed below.
Well done to all of those involved!
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@neetongrangeps #theta360 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA
Testing out our new camera at our Midlothian VEX challenge competition day ? #theta360 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA
@sacredheart_ps #theta360 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA
@stratheskps #theta360 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA
@mayfieldps #theta360 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA
@stmarysrcps #theta360 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA
@loanheadps #theta360 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA
@standrewstweets #theta360 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA
@stobhillps #theta360 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA
@bonnyriggps #theta360 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA
Pupils were challenged at Moorfoot PS to create a code using MacroLab app which would show a sphero tracing a pentagon on the ground. For this activity, pupils had to work collaboratively to calculate the angles needed for the code. This is how they got on…
Drawing a pentagon with a sphero from Midlothian LTT on Vimeo.
Sphero Education have created STEM challenges which can be completed by using Sphero. There are many ideas from schools across the world on Twitter and Pinterest but here are a few lesson plans available from their website which could be useful.
Challenge Documents: STEM1-2keb1cn
Bridge Building Challenge
Challenge Documents: STEM2-22jakud
Hydro Hypothesis Challenge
Challenge Documents: STEM3-1s5ympp
Maze Mayhem Challenge
Challenge Documents: STEM4-15g3uf4
Sphero Education provides lots of different resources which support teachers in delivering Maths experiences and outcomes. They provide an introduction, student guide, teacher guide and worksheet for each lesson. By clicking on the PDF’s below, you will get access to the materials you will need.
Student Guide: MacroLab2_StudentGuide-1lv770v
Teacher Guide: MacroLab2_TeacherGuide-27c7yaq
Mean, Median and Mode
Student Guide: MacroLab3_StudentGuide-1uxn9ff
Teacher Guide :MacroLab3_TeacherGuide-10a00b1
Student Guide: MacroLab4_StudentGuide-1mcup4j
Teacher Guide: MacroLab4_TeacherGuide-28zzb2e
Patterns and Colours
Student Guide: MacroLab5_StudentGuide-1uhjv6e
Teacher Guide: MacroLab5_TeacherGuide-ypocyx
Time, Distance, Speed
Student Guide: ._MacroLab1_StudentGuide-1fhvn8f
Teacher Guide: ._MacroLab1_TeacherGuide-2azzuq8
Other fun learning opportunities: Angles-266z2om
Pupils at Moorfoot Primary School used their understanding of angles and computer programming to code a sphero to trace 2D shapes. The next challenge they have is to create a code for the sphero to draw a pentagon by calculating the angles it must turn.
Sphero at Moorfoot PS from Midlothian LTT on Vimeo.
Angles and Spheros at Moorfoot PS from Midlothian LTT on Vimeo.