Class Notes-Getting Started

Blink using mBlock and an Arduino Pin 13 has an LED incorporated into the board. So we can use that to see if everything is working. We will start in Scratch mode. Try these blocks out. This is similar to what we have done with Scratch and the Hummingbird. We are setting pin 13 high or […]

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mBlock Scratch like Coding for Arduino

I have tried out mBlock over the past two days. This will be a nice way for my Robotics kids to start looking at using the arduino. mBlock, based on Scratch, provides a block based interface to coding the arduino. It has two different modes. While tethered via usb you can experiment with the blocks starting and stopping any action […]

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Great Tips

Great tips via CSTeachingTips.org. Never considered number four but what a great idea. Also getting students into the habit of talking through their coding for debugging purposes is a real useful practice. This is one of the reasons I also like pair computing. Having them talk while entering the code makes it easier for them […]

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Interactive Poster

We came back to our interactive poster project. The plan is to create a poster that focusses on kindness at our school. The poster will contain hot spots made from conductive paint that will trigger a mp3 file and a LED. So far it has been fairly easy as the code provided for the Bare […]

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Bean+

I’ve played with the Bean+ this break. The Bean+ is an Arduino compatible board that can be programmed via Bluetooth.  The board comes with a built-in battery, LED, accelerometer and temperature sensor. I thought it could be a cool way to create wearable projects. I also had hoped to use it via Tickle but as of yet the […]

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