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
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
Captains Log Stardate 201408.02 Robotscool received a request to help promote some activities happening in Bicester. Organized by OYAP What is
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
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
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!’
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.”
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.
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).
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????
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
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.
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
Captains Log Stardate 201408.02
Robotscool received a request to help promote some activities happening in Bicester. Organized by OYAP
What is OYAP?
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?
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 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?
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 email@example.com
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.
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!
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 End 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
On this glorious day and a plethora of fun and engaging skills were organized by Rob from Engineeringyourfuture.com, Rob had gathered some quality stands across the skills board from ancient stone age village to robotics, arts and crafts to construction. No talks no fuss just HANDS ON! fun.
Students from schools across Oxfordshire gathered and were in for a treat the sun was smiling on this event and the mood was good.
Robotscool had prepared 3 Areas for kids to engage in
Area 49 – Sumo – Programming autonomous robots to battle it out in the Ring of Power.
Area 50 – Tug of War – Modification with Robot vs Robot Head2Head Tyres weight and power.
Area 51 – Chicken Run – Problem Solving and Teamwork with a lead build.
The flow was to concurrently run Areas 49 and 50 and swap after 15 mins once both groups had done both sessions we then made our way collectively to Area 51 ….
Group 1 lined up and got in to the swing of it immediately a little unsure at first but within 5 mins the heads were down HANDS were ON and the tension was rising, programming and modifying their way through a cognitive process of iteration. Next over to AREA 51 for a group lead build and the problem solving which with a little our of the box thinking challenge DONE!
“You guys are AMAZING” were the kind words of the teacher accompanying this group. Thank You your kids were kind, polite and a credit to your school.
Group 2 same format smaller group this time but these girls were no less enthusiastic than the last in fact MORE so as the teachers asked them to ‘quite down’ you can’t contain genuine enthusiasm for learning the programming was taken up like naturals the modification like a well oiled F1 team in the pits. Then over to AREA 51 for the crescendo, heads scratched thoughtful expressions shown but some cunning solutions found.
“The quality of stuff this year is incredible” was a comment of a thoughtful teacher watching over the events in action
Group 3 Robotscool being put to the test we had a group of 24, 4 & 5 year olds. WHAT I hear you cry can kids that young PROGRAM? MODIFY? PROBLEM SOLVE? Well what seems impossible is a challenge a miracle we need to anaylize which was this to be….. Standard procedure 2 groups AREA 49 & 50.
AREA49 – Programming; a snap (or touch).
AREA 50 – Modification; a breeze
AREA 51 – Problem Solving & Teamwork; job done.
With a little extra time on their hands we let them have a free for all choosing which ever AREA they like to do again.
Some generous “Thank you” from the teachers they skipped off to their bus
All groups left with worksheets to do some follow up work in the classroom and hopfully we will be seeing some you again soon.
Captains Log Stardate 201406.02 through 201406.12 as the hustle and bustle of the new term kicked off with some resounding roars as across the school as we engaged in Robo-Sumo
In preparedness for the 1st Oxford Brookes Robo-Sumo Basho Tournament, groups have been invited in to attend all classes in a bid to increase cross-collaboration and information sharing. Cadets are seeing how other groups interact with each other. They will take that information back to their group and share the results and aid growth.
Using our standard Sumo bot aka “Domabot in disguise” we tested torque and grip using various different techniques we discovered the pros and cons of tyres, grip, speed and power.
In pairs cadets configured different wheel combos then raced, pushed and spun sessions in to a mass of data gathering group analysis, bundled up and hidden under the cloak of fun.
2 weeks of research will now be channelled in to a frenzy of design as we’ve discussed and understood
“Function Follows Form”
With only 2 weeks left to perfect our bots will the teams hold out can the spirit bind them in to a coherent cohesive collective? Watch this space.
Captains Log Stardate 201405.22 the rain lulled enabling us to transport the equipment from the Bridge to the Challenge Lab just as the cadets entered the Lab
We started with a determination not to alow the “Black-Hole of emotional drain” to enter our enviroment today and get this loop nailed to the rubbish. Roles were decied action plan was draw and the work began A feverish start and good off, but soon the “Black-Hole” reared its ugly head and began to suck the life force out of the class.
Kirk to the rescue! In a flash Kirk took the helm slapped the cadets in to shape and got them iterating at an ever increasing pace, as we approached light speed the second hand slowed as it neared the end of the lesson and the loop edged ever closer to the rubbish; closer, faster closer, faster as the energy vortex flux combined in to a flash of positive energy the hand just about to strike the end of the lesson HAPPY! HAPPY! HAPPY! JOY!JOY!JOY! mission complete the loop was firmly on the rubbish mission completed and time for a little victory song & dance
Cadets I don’t do anything special I just lead the way so that others may follow be confident have respect & enjoy the ride and don’t let power go to your head. Here’s some sober words from 3PO on being a deity.