First Lego League ACARA Unit

I’m getting a head start with the new season of First Lego League by incorporating the Game challenge into Digital Technologies and STEM for year 8. This has resources for the 2019 challenge, but can very easily be updated for 2020 and beyond. I have tried to make it about designing algorithms with pseudocode, as much as possible, so that any coding IDE can be used. At the moment, it uses MakeCode and I plan on updating it to the new scratch-like EV3 Classroom when it is available.

Please access the OneNote file or the PDF.

Enjoy!

VEX IQ Challenge Unit

I have just finished writing a Unit of Work targeted at the Vex IQ Challenge. This is using the ACARA standards, but could easily be mapped to others. It also incorporates some Agile Project Management skills.

The PDF version is embedded below, but the onenote version can be accessed via the DigTech link above.

VexIQ

Troubleshooting EV3 and MakeCode

I am a big fan of Lego Mindstorms and MakeCode. However, the firmware is a bit buggie. The main issues that I have had is that after a while, the EV3 drive does not map and no amount of restarts seem to fix it. The other is that there must be an issue with adding programs with the same filenames or something. Certainly, you can’t delete from the brick. This means that when you tweak a setting and upload your program again, the old version runs and not the new. Given the rate of prototyping cycles involved in Robotics, I hope they solve this one soon. Some guidance to solve these issues is below.

TROUBLESHOOTING-EV3-WITH-MAKECODE

Beginner Full Stack WebApps Unit

I have just finished developing a unit for my senior Applied ICT class. This is a bit bare bones as I give them only a quick tour through html and css via Khan Academy tutorials. The javascript associated with manipulating the webpage document DOM is covered in a bit more detail, but javascript not so much. I could spend a term on each of html, css and javascript (and then some). However, I have compressed it all down to ‘what you need to know’ to make a basic interactive webapp.

The first part of the unit takes students through html, css and javascript for the DOM. They then complete a walkthough for a two-up game. This sets them up nicely to create their own rock, paper, scissors game.

Enjoy! 

Full Stack WebApps, PDF or OneNote

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