Great half term activity. Take a simple home remote control. Read the signals with a 50p IR receiver and write lots of IF statements.
This was done using the Arduino IR code. It helps to filter out other signals so you only read the code from your control.
Then fight them in a battle.
Great trip to Brampton primary school. We used Arduino text based coding to control robots. Text coding is harder as it needs words to be spelt correctly and all grammar and punctuation in the right place.
Once the code is uploaded, the robot can simply be controlled with a battery. The children performed a range of manouevres including squares.
Great trip to Roose Primary near Barrow. Spent the morning with year 4′s learning to program Minecraft with the Pi. They learnt to teleport, add chat messages and create tower blocks.
Visit their blog for more details.
This is some of the code we created.
Then we spent the afternoon learning to code music with Sonic Pi.
Ever wanted to collect data from your Arduino and analyse it?
You can download an add on for Excel
here . It’s from Parallax and allows you to send data via a Com Port and it will be collected.
So I’ve done this with my fish tank (a constant 23 celsius today give or take) and a light sensor. It gets darker as the sun goes down
So many ideas. You can link several sensors to it so all you need to do is think of the data you want to collect.