Digital Leaders go Minecraft

Year 4 and 5 Digital Leaders have been busy developing team working, problem solving and communication skills this week. We have all been to the Bradford Innovation Centre where children were set a range of challenges on Minecraft. All challenges were designed to really encourage team work. 

First, groups had to navigate their entire team through mazes – it wasn’t the fastest person but the fastest team that won. Later in the morning groups explored various biomes whilst getting everyone through an obstacle course. Before lunch children were introduced to coordinates (3 dimentional!). It didn’t take them long to pick up how to read 3D coordinates and were setting each other waypoints to help very quickly. The day  ended with a group build competition – it is much harder to build as a group that it sounds!
Well done to everyone who took part. 

Cedar are visited by robots

Today Cedar were given the challenge to program a set of Arduino robots. Children worked in teams of four or five to write programs using functions, loops and variables which were then downloaded onto the robots.

Each robot had its own personality! Some were very quick and others were very accurate at turning whilst some less so!

In the afternoon, each team had the opportunity to modify their robot by attaching sticks, pins and other fixtures ready to ‘attack’ their opponents’ robots.

The team whose balloon avoided being popped was the winner! There were lots of tricky challenges throughout the day; resilience and perseverance were essential skills! Well done Cedar!


Year 5 Computer Components

Year 5 have been investigating what makes a computer work. They have been working in small groups to dismantle (and re-build!) computers.

Raspberry Pi – Digital Leaders

The year 5 digital leaders, along with children from year 4 who have applied to be digital leaders next year, have spent the day at the Bradford Innovation Centre.

They have been learning how to use the Raspberry Pi as a tool to program. They impressed all involved and were successful in creating programs which used various sensors and inputs. Finally they enjoyed making music with their own Makey Makey Fruit orchestra!

Well done digital leaders!