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Mars Rover Week 3 – ALL

Off Worldy Good

Captains Log Stardates 201409.22 – 27 cadets are on fire this week a mass of positive energy is flowing. 4 Clubs; 7 Rovers; 30 Cadets Have all made great leaps

Mars Rover Week 2 – ALL

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Captains Log Stardate 201409.06-20 the Enterprise having been disabled in an ambush from a Kawazaki 1500 2 wheeled attack vessel CASUALTIES 0 on both sides. The shuttle craft was then

Mars Rover – Cadmore End 01

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Captains Log Stardate 201409.09 the synchronizations of calendars have been confirmed and school term kick off a new. The cadets eager to get moving rushed all the equipment in to

Mars Rover – Chalgrove 01

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Captains Log Stardate 201409.08 the synchronizations of calendars have been confirmed and school term kick off a new. The cadets rolled in with a re-newed sense of maturity & a

OYAP & The Studio Bicester

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Captains Log Stardate 201408.18-19 returning to a previous location to cries of ‘Help us Capt’n Kirk your our only hope…..” Previous encounter with OYAP at The Studio in Bicester ensued

Mars Rover Week 3 – ALL

Off Worldy Good

Captains Log Stardates 201409.22 – 27 cadets are on fire this week a mass of positive energy is flowing.

4 Clubs; 7 Rovers; 30 Cadets

Have all made great leaps towards completion of their MARS ROVER.

To speed up the process I have carefully and deliberately helped cadets share lessons learnt between groups, check designs, compare rovers & contemplate to access the skill of collaboration.

This process of discovery & experimentation has helped cadets hone their models quite rapidly. On Saturday a whirlwind of testing ensued and groups reached a consensus that the configuration of the motors hinders the mobility of the rover. Upon comparison many a groups have opted for the same configuration this is easily remedied.

Challenge for the coming week is “Finalize the structure & design” then to the last Tyres? Tracks? Or Legs?

Chalgrove Community Primary School

Cadmore End

Kennington Club

Star Class

Some Video

Kirk Out!

 

Mars Rover Week 2 – ALL

Kennington Rover 10

Captains Log Stardate 201409.06-20 the Enterprise having been disabled in an ambush from a Kawazaki 1500 2 wheeled attack vessel CASUALTIES 0 on both sides. The shuttle craft was then taken out in an electrical storm disabling the starter booster has laid waste to our plans to carry out our exploration.
Severely crippled and floating in space we finally got the booster realigned and the shuttle made its way to the nearest space port for repairs allowing a repair crew to get the Enterprise back in for a re-modelling. At present we are using a prototype model with a new dilithium crystal chamber which reaches maximum warp in next to no time.
However we have managed to reach a few classes this week and continued on with our mission to take a rover to Mars this week we will let the pictures do the taking

Chalgrove

This week we are back and running at full capacity

Kirk Out!

Mars Rover – Cadmore End 01

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Captains Log Stardate 201409.09 the synchronizations of calendars have been confirmed and school term kick off a new.

The cadets eager to get moving rushed all the equipment in to the classroom and awaited transportation in to the Technology Enabled Learning Lab (TELL)
As we reviewed the rest of 2014 cheers of joy went up as we announced a trip to MARS!! An encounter with ‘Scutters’, and chat with engineers at RAL. Not satisfied with that the commencement of a Christmas Sumo Tournament was welcomed with ‘EPIC!’ and the noise level increased.

But first things first a Rover MUST be constructed to crawl across the Martian surface. This initial phase of readiness meant a pairing up and everyone in the joint rolls of Engineer & Reporter, with Kirk taking the lead role in a follow the leader build.
Eagerly they took up the challenge of the build and in record time were complete. Cadets wanting to see this, this, this mechanism moving asked smart questions and soon NXT’s we handed out programs were constructed and the problem solving skills were tested as they learnt how to make it move effectively ensued.

How time flies when your having fun. Tasks were set out in preparedness for next lesson can they convert this build to the new EV3 that was won last term……

 

Kirk Out!

Mars Rover – Chalgrove 01

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Captains Log Stardate 201409.08 the synchronizations of calendars have been confirmed and school term kick off a new.

The cadets rolled in with a re-newed sense of maturity & a mindset to achieve what every is thrown at them.
As we reviewed the rest of 2014 cheers of joy went up as we announced a trip to MARS!! An encounter with ‘Scutters’, and chat with engineers at RAL. Not satisfied with that the commencement of a Christmas Sumo Tournament was welcomed with ‘OOOoooo YES!’ and the fever of ideas were already being vocalized.

But first rovers, an intresting build to kick off imagination and exploration off was laid out and all the cadets worked together to build a symmetrical train gear attached to a single motor. We nicknamed this the Goldilocks build … Not too easy, not too hard, but JUST RIGHT!

As the clock neared the end time was up and completion will have to wait til next week. Then we can explore the capabilities of this mechanism.

We rounded up the lesson with the ‘Pow-wow’ reflecting upon the lesson with a focus on team work. Next week we can start with the ‘Pow-toon’

 

Kirk Out!

OYAP & The Studio Bicester

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Captains Log Stardate 201408.18-19 returning to a previous location to cries of ‘Help us Capt’n Kirk your our only hope…..”

Previous encounter with OYAP at The Studio in Bicester ensued in a mad 2 days of Robo-Sports based workshops, where scream, sweat and tears of joy were bout out. This time armed with the theme of ‘Star Wars’ ‘Engage the assembled cadets we must!’

Day1

As the convergence in the force echoed through Bicester, we started out with our recent addition to the mind kit ‘Legotar.’ Naturally packed to the hilt with Troopers, Siths, Jedis, Wookies & Droids. Cadets busily remade themselves in the best Star Wars character they could and introduced their pseudo-selves.

The build of a geared mechanism of unknown completion took shape. We nicknamed this the ‘Goldilocks Build’ not too hard not too easy; JUST RIGHT! Finally 4 legs were added and the simplistic walker was ready,
“Ready for the creativity we are?” they cried
“But the burden of planning, you are not!” was the cryptic answer.
Cadets chatted discussed and built as their ideas took shape. Kirk on hand to lend a sympathetic ear to the building woes but as the prime directive orders “NO INTERFERENCE with the progression of a fledgling mind.”

Day 2

Eager cadets forced their way through the doors early, fingers itchin’ and a Promethean fire a kindle. Let’s give em something to scratch. As the “Goldilocks Build” progressed, “Comprehend Cadets they did ….
“Is it… a a a … BLASTER?”
“Correct the Cadets are. Now a gallery for shooting create we should. Sharp shooter find we MUST!”
Next a shooting gallery was formed, complete with goodies and baddies. If we need it we make! Necessity is the mother of all creation.
Blaster … CHECK
Shooting gallery … CHECK
Score board … CHECK
Excited cadets … CHECK
After 3 rounds of 10 shots the tally was counted and the winner was clear a sharp shooter of EPIC proportions was announced.
SO whats next…. hmm 4 legged walker, blasters, goodies, baddies heaps of lego hmmm.

“Full of the positive energy, were they, learned they had become. The joy of a young mind inspired, achieved it was.”

This is the Nebula Zone where stars are born and new life is given roots.

 

Kirk Out!

Banbury Intervention Hub & Robotscool

Captains Log Stardate 201408.08 at approx 11am local time cadets gathered at the New Futures Centre, Banbury Intervention Hub.

A fun day of hands-on engaging activities were lined up, but to kick off the days fun we started off by making our own little ‘Legotars‘ (Lego Avatars).

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Once done we then introduced ourselves using our avatars check them out below.

Next we moved on to the ‘Chicken Run’ as Kirk lead the build cadets followed, as quick as a flash the basic models were complete and the cadets were ready for the problem solving challenge. Who was the bravest of the Chickens????

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A couple of cheese & ham rolls, juice and a large helping of Jaffa cakes later we were ready for the third activity in the plan

“Tug-O-War”

Phase 1 – We discussed the complexities of the sport then selected our models, added wheels, connected cables and downloaded programs and then had a few rounds of battles to investigate the dynamics.
Phase 2 – Modifications and tweaks, a plethora of parts were laid out and cadets beavered away to complete a fully operational awe inspiring robot.

Battles ensued testing and improving their robots as we progressed skills and understanding improved and battles got tighter and tighter.

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Sadly the clock neared 4 and time was up and as the cadets shuffled off in to the sunset we promised to be back next week and crack on with another enthralling episode of ROBOTSCOOL

Kirk Out!

OYAP and Robotscool

Did you just say 'Robotscools' back at OYAP, Come on Han

Did you just say ‘Robotscools’ back at OYAP, Come on Han

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Robotscool received a request to help promote some activities happening in Bicester. Organized by OYAP

What is OYAP?

OYAP Trust

OYAP Trust

OYAP Trust (Oxfordshire Youth Arts Partnership)
At OYAP Trust young people come first. Our experience shows that with a sprinkling of creative magic and plenty of support anything is possible. We exist to help young people be the best they can be, to be inspired and to aim high no matter what obstacles stand in their way. We introduce young people to irresistible arts activities and nurture young talent; (link to site) http://www.oyap.org.uk/

What is The Courtyard?

The Courtyard Bicester

The Courtyard Bicester

OYAP have been commissioned by The Courtyard Partnership made up of Oxfordshire County Council, Cherwell District Council, and Bicester Town Council to deliver a two year arts programme at The Courtyard. We run activities for 7-18 year olds throughout the year involving a real range of different art forms – there is something for everyone
(link to site) http://www.bicestercourtyard.org.uk

What is The Studio Bicester?

The Studio Bicester

The Studio Bicester

The Studio is an Arts space full of creative ideas and events run for and by young people in Bicester.
The Studio is Run By OYAP Trust,Radio Bicester, Gig Nights & Youth of Bicester (YoBs). A collection of young people who spread creativity, visibility and kindness. The Studio has weekly activities for ages 8-25. Please view What’s On – Current activities for more information (link to site) https://www.thestudiobicester.com/

Where does ROBOTSCOOL & OYAP meet?

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Meeting Room

In a short we have the same concept same ideal and same integrities we just use a different delivery method OYAP are the ARTS ROBOTSCOOL are the SCIENCES we talk the same language we want the same outcomes. Having had great success during the Spring Half Term Robotscool was invited back for the summer. We’re producing a 2 Day Star Wars Theme.(link to site) http://www.robotscool.com

Monday 18th & 19th August 12pm to 4pm £10 per session

If your kids are in to LEGO like being creative and perhaps like STAR WARS then this could keep them happy for a few hours. However if you want your kid to learn WHILE having fun this could tick your box too.

So what are you waiting for? Call OYAP today on 01869 602560 or send an email beverley@oyap.org.uk

Kirk Out!

Sumo Prep Update

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Captainslog Stardate 201406.21 a wonderful day in the garden has lead to a few wonderful discoveries.

Cadets piled in to the Learning Lab on Saturday and a fever of work ensued working furiously to get the Saturday groups bot ready as this is their last chance until Friday morning when they will only have 1 hour to finalize programs. Again teamwork was on form and tasked decided worked divided and building conquered a fantastic effort by all just a few things to iron out. Sunday morning as I spent a good hour on it to fix a few problems that were left behind.

So we have 4 bots about complete 2 more we shall see on Tuesday how Cadmore have progressed but those of  a curious mind check out the line up so far as well as the uniforms that have started arriving.

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Kirk Out

Robo Sumo Prep Week 2

The workspace

Captains Log Stardates 201406.00 through 201406.19 cadets have found there zone and are working in harmony.

This will be a brief summary of the week … SUPERLATIVE on all fronts ideas hashed out, work divided, tasks set and objectives being met this is what robotscool is all about TEAMWORK and I have nothing but exemplary progress on all fronts

Keep up the good work cadets as I often say amongst others things

Teamwork makes the Dreamwork!

 

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Kirk Out!

Ffennell/Skills Festival Day 2

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Captains Log Stardate 201406.14 Day 2 of Ffennel Festival aka Skills Festival held at the amazing location of Hill End, Farmoor Oxford.
Another plethora of fun and engaging skills were organized by Rob from Engineeringyourfuture.com, Rob had gathered even more quality stands across the skills board from ancient stone age village to robotics, arts and crafts to cart construction. No talks no fuss just HANDS ON! Fun. DAY 2

Open to the public!! A chance for people from far and wide to come down and see what was going on. After a HUGE lighting storm and down pour during the night would they come? In the morning it looked cloudy and overcast a stark contrast to Friday.

It was a very slow start many were focused on the down hill racing, building and testing the carts ready for the race.

As the morning went on the clouds started to clear a little and more people started to filter thorough and the stands started to get busier. But suddenly the heavens opened and biblical rain fell, although it ended as quickly as it stared a few drowned souls gathered round the tents and a few happy kids danced in the rain.
People from all walks of life gathered to see the colourful AREA 49 50 & 51 that was a feast for the eyes, all that decided to ‘Have a Go!’ left with smiles on the faces and the usual
“Can I take the robots home?”
from the eager souls wanting to play with it at home. As the day went on the weather got better and better and towards the end more and more people showed up and enjoyed all the HANDS ON stalls and stands that were spread out across the Hill.

Thanks to Rob at engineeringyourfuture.com and all his army of volunteers, Selby’s Hill End crew and Active Oxford for throwing another fantastic event. If you came spread the word about Hill EndChicken Run001 Chicken Run 002 Tug-of-War 001 Sumo Programming 001 Area 51 Sumo Programming 002 Chicken Run 003 Tug of War 002 Tug of War 003 and Ffennel festival and get you kids schools there next year, it will truly be worth it. Also another thanks to the other vendors there whose happy mood and enthusiasm made the event a pleasure to attend. And of course to tall the parents who were dragged out on a cloudy day, your efforts were rewarded by bringing out the sun.

See you all next year

Kirk Out!