I am thrilled with our teams and I hope everyone is pleased too? We tried to give you at least one challenge you asked for. The teams are below, with some ideas and suggestions for you to think about during half term. Those of you in the Alps can have some thoughts whilst you’re skiing, but remember to stay safe! Each challenge (I think) has its own prize but some count more than others towards the total score. You need to do your very best at your own challenge.
Firstly a big thank you to Evan and Maaria who were the only ones brave enough to volunteer for the presentation! This challenge really represents the school to the judges, IBM volunteers and other schools. Making the presentation gives you a chance to think deeply about the competition and summarise your learning. Once you have presented you will have gained so much confidence and you can add it to your CV!
Half term – give some thought to slide layout (I’m afraid it has to be Powerpoint). Here’s a draft but you can do anything you want (within reason) – it’s your show! Presentation. Just remember that the IBM people have to sit through 10 presentations from schools. Yours needs to wake them out of their stupor and make them take notice. It needs to be different, lively, edgy, visually interesting (no Death By Powerpoint) and you need to engage them. No problems.
Maarce and Remy – thank you for taking this on. We have lots of faith in you and your team will help in the weeks leading up to the day, sharing tips they learn etc. Maarce – I think you’re going to practise over half term (but not if you need rest after such a busy few weeks). Try not to get too attached to your new baby sister Kath! Here’s a link to download the software – it’s EV3 but Lego say it will work with NXT. 85 points!
Evan and Rosie -you get all the fun! But don’t under-estimate the hard work involved in programming to the beat. Here’s the music!
JDC 2018 Sound 1 minute
Rosie can get the music into her head before she goes away so she can be thinking about it. Ev – are you going to take an Ada home? Software download link here.
Obviously we need a good theme (see Miss Gillan’s post below, which I have added to) – this is a team job – the costume must be obviously recognisable and mustn’t collapse/ topple the robot over (ahem, last year, my fault!) during the dance. Maarce is your chief costumier and will help organise all the creative bits. There’s a tin of bits in the suite.
In my opinion this is technically the hardest and the honours fall to Ibraheem and Katie – 2 safe pairs of hands! You will need to solidify your knowledge of gearing up in order to make the wheels turn more frequently with each motor rotation. Jean Marc will work more with you on this after half term. Katie, I think you’re taking some Lego gears and bits to work with at home – I’m sure James will also be a help! Remember to work out ratios and understand how much these will speed up the robot. This will really help your maths and I’m very happy to go over this with you. However don’t worry too much as no-one was asked about this at the competition last year.
The new addition to the competition! This is obviously a whole team effort but those judging the other games on the day are Ibraheem and Katie. You will both need to very familiar with all the coding and the game concept and development. No problems there! Jon will help you all develop the game further after half term. If you don’t fully understand the concept of cloning he can go over it again.
I would like to somehow link the game with our theme, once we’ve chosen one! I have some ideas don’t worry.
I am worried about it only being in the year 6 account in case something goes wrong so will make a new account for Robo Club – just replace the 6’s with rc. I suggest you work on it in there.I have copied 2 projects – Shoot Ship Showdown & Jon the Genius. I copied them as they were at 9:18 this morning as I thought you wouldn’t be working on them!
All of us. I have no problems here, we’re a fab team, especially with Jon & JM kindly volunteering to help!!
Over and out – I’m really enjoying the challenge, love working with you all, feel very confident. Happy Half Term – no injuries please!