I have just finished a unit for a year 8 STEM class. This is based on the resources available at Apps for good. Students team up to set up their own startup company and work together to design an IoT project that solves a problem. They back up their ideas with market research consult potential users. After this they create an IoT prototype and pitch their design to potential investors.
It is mapped against both Digital and Design Technologies ACARA standards.
I have just finished a unit for a year 7 STEM class. This is based on the resources available at do your bit, a challenge for children and teens to combine creativity and technology in solutions for the Global Goals. The coding is Microsoft MakeCode. It is mapped against both Digital and Design Technologies ACARA standards.
I recently was lent a SAM Labs kit from MTA, so I decided to design a unit for an upcoming STEM class. I normally beta test these with students before I blog, but I couldn’t wait to make these available, and maybe you can give it a go.
The unit is wide open, with a lot of work in having students identifying a problem that needs to be solved or how life can be improved with some kind of IOT device. While this has always been my dream, its probably only for the brave and perhaps a hackathon in a restricted context is wiser.
I have also used Blockly via Workbench, which is starting to complement Makecode nicely. The standard environment for SAM Labs is their proprietary App which is a node-based coding environment.
The unit also uses Agile project management and team problem solving for all those 21st Century soft skills. These are also mapped into both the Digital and Design Technologies syllibi.
The unit can be downloaded as a Onenote or PDF and other goodies are available on the DigTech page.
When I first opened my shiny new Raspberry Pi 3, my excitement was soon dampened as I had no network or internet access; rendering my Pi at least half as useful. Luckily, my techie is a Linux wiz and he created a custom build that was able to authenticate on our network.
The build document you need is Raspberry Pi Build Doc. I suggest you give this to a tech if you have one. Once built, the Raspberry Pi SD card can be cloned. Watch the video below: