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EU Code Week: Robots for Kids

EU Code Week 2019 is in full swing! Last year, Science on Stage offered funds for STEM teachers to take part in the EU Code Week 2018.

Here, we would like to present the results. This funding programme was kindly supported by the MAECENATA Foundation and SAP SE.

Robots for Kids

PrimeTech, the robotics club of our school, decided to organize a workshop for our colleagues and college students.

We, as a team, competed in the First Tech Challenge for two years, and we knew we should rebuild our community in a way. In one of our meetings, a member of the team suggested we should teach others about the fundamental principles of robotics. The participants were students of the "Tiberiu Popoviciu" High School of Informatics.

The team members made demonstrations for students of the 6th and 8th grade. There were 52 small students who drove a robot, and practiced driving on a computer simulator. The robot made a demonstration tracking a white line on the field.

Ana, Robot Team Programmer, held an Android presentation as a coding system for our robot for 20 PrimeTech members. The technical team has made the field where the robot is tested to be ready for the next competitions.

The students have created a few plates with the 3D printer. 12 students have developed some models with 3D design.

We have decided that the best way to keep everyone focused was through practical demonstrations. A few days earlier we built a robot that he or she could test. They have come up with questions about various aspects of building a robot. We were ready to answer any questions. The robot programming aspect was among the preferred topics as well as hardware and 3D modelling. We gave short lessons about the Android operating system and what we use to schedule the machine to do what we want.

The most important part of this event was the fact that we made the presence of our robotics club more visible in the school and we taught the community a part of the aspects of this club that we are most passionate about.

Report and picture by Gabriela Balan, Tiberiu Popoviciu High School in Cluj Napoca, Romania

18.10.2019

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EU Code Week: Microbit4all

EU Code Week 2019 is in full swing! Last year, Science on Stage offered funds for STEM teachers to take part in the EU Code Week 2018.

Here, we would like to present the results. This funding programme was kindly supported by the MAECENATA Foundation and SAP SE.

Microbit4all

Under the title Microbit4all we launched a workshop for six 2nd grade class pupils (14 yr) at our school. For most of the pupils this was the first time they came in contact with coding. Even one of the teachers did not code before but had enough confidence in the support to give the workshop. With the support of a technical assistant and with teaching materials developed by one of our teachers and additional materials from: https://microbit101.nl/ everyone was able to write their first code and experience the possibilities of writing your own code.

What started as a highly structured lesson with lesson plans evolved quickly in a pupils directed adventure. This meant that pupils developed ideas and tried to figure out how to realize these using code. Some of the pupils discovered the possibility to code music, others started to code a small game. Mobile phones were frequently used to film the output on the micro:bit and shared on social media. An often heard statement was whether any other lessons were planned where the micro:bit would be used and how expensive the micro:bit was, and where to buy theme.

Where we allowed the more confident students to explore the possibilities of the micro:bit themselves, the quick start cards supported the less confident students. These cards indicate the task, show the code which has to be used but also stimulates creativity using additional tasks. With more than 10 different quick start cards, we had enough material to support even the quickest students.

Due to the success of these workshop, we will use the micro:bit in lessons in physics lessons in which electricity and electronics are the central themes. We’ve also introduced an extracurricular activity in which pupils can further develop their understanding of coding.

Report and picture by Freek Pols, ISW's-Gravenzande, Netherlands

15.10.2019

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EU Code Week: Coding for responsible Citizenship

EU Code Week 2019 is in full swing! Last year, Science on Stage offered funds for STEM teachers to take part in the EU Code Week 2018.

Here, we would like to present the results. This funding programm was kindly supported by the MAECENATA Foundation and SAP SE.

Coding for responsible Citizenship

 30 students – mainly girls - participated in the workshop, most of them were 14 years old while the others- 16 years old - acted as tutors in a peer to peer approach.

The workshop actually represented the kick off of our school (IIS Cavazzi, Pavullo IT) Citizen Science Project.
In recent years our rural mountain area suffered from
a) air pollution and
b) repeated draughts and occasional but equally disruptive violent showers causing landslides.

As climate models predict that high temperatures and desertification will hit hard the Mediterranean area, we want to start with our pupils and share with our local community a “citizenscience-coding” project based on Arduino UNO with the following goals
1) since data well show the total quantity of rain HAS NOT changed over the years but its distribution HAS, therefore monitoring precipitations and innovative use of water from collection to distribution is an important task for communities.
2) test soil humidity and evaporation rates of different types of soil in our area and the effect of mixing superabsorbent polymers (solid rain) to agricultural soil. Students will build and code sensing devices together with a small robot detecting soil humidity through a light sensor.
3) test air quality both indoor (starting from school and public areas).

Students were trained in the use of Arduino and of the following sensors for environmental monitoring: LDR (measuring reflectance), soil humidity and soil ph sensors (monitoring of soil desertification and hydrogeological disrupture due to excessive rain), water turbidity and water ph sensors (water quality) and dust and VOC sensors (air quality).

Students responsible for air quality were also instructed in the use of hackAir and luftdaten platform.

As a follow up the students decided to present the project to the local community either at school or in the municipality hall. Interested people will be offered to host sensors to contribute to community air monitoring.

Report by Lisotti Annamaria, IIS Cavazzi, Physics Lab-Pavullo - Italy

10.10.2019

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EU Code Week: A whole school in action

EU Code Week 2019 is in full swing! Last year, Science on Stage offered funds for STEM teachers to take part in the EU Code Week 2018.

Here, we would like to present the results. This funding programm was kindly supported by the MAECENATA Foundation and SAP SE.

 

During the EU Code Week 2018, a Computer Science High School in Romania motivated its students to code. Here is their report:

Organizing the Code Week was a real challenge, even for us - a Computer Science High School. How could we find something more interesting than the usual coding? Trying to improve the way students feel about programming, we added Physics and Technology in our project. It’s important for students to see that programming has a use in real life.
Based on their age, we assigned students different tasks.
The younger ones were very excited to make a game in Scratch, entitled “Catch a star”. Their job was to create a cosmic space with many stars and then try to catch them all, in order to obtain a maximum score.

The students from the ninth grade made their first small projects using the Arduino platform. They were taught by 6 of their older colleagues, from the tenth and eleventh grades. They learnt about digital and analog signals, about microprocessors and about different kinds of sensors. Also, they learnt how to turn some LEDs on or off. The students were very surprised by the multitude of projects they could accomplish and implement, such as: thermometers, barometers, gas measurements, etc.

We believe this kind of projects are very important for students: they learn how to use the knowledge from many subjects and work in teams in order to create a small software/device.

Report and picture by Mihaela Giurgea, Tiberiu Popoviciu High School in Cluj Napoca, Romania

07.10.2019

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