French colours in 3b | bhall

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Women in STEM – learning log ideas | bhall

This week many of the children’s learning logs are themed around Ada Lovelace Day, and the contribution of women to science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

Here are some significant women in STEM you could research:

Ada Lovelace – computing pioneer & mathematician

Katherine Johnson – NASA space scientist

Roberta Bondar – Astronaut and neurologist

Grace Hopper – Computer scientist and Rear Admiral

Would you like to be involved in science technology, engineering or maths when you’re older? Here are some exciting STEM related careers:

– Computer scientist


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Can I draw shapes in Scratch? | bhall

Step 1 – Predict…Which blocks do you think you will need? Have a look at the blocks available and make a prediction.

Step 2 – Build…Start putting your blocks together – how do you think they need to be connected?

Step 3 – Test…Has your program worked?

Step 4 – Improve…If it worked, how can you improve it? If it didn’t how will you fix it?

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Creating a countdown timer with year 5 | bhall

Following on from last week, this week we are going to look at variables in more depth. You will have the chance to remind yourselves of what variables are and how you can add them to a game.

We will then look at how we can add more complex variables, such as a countdown timer, and make things happen as a result using conditional blocks.

To begin with we will use the same base project as last time:

Pong without scoring

Tip – for all instructions, think about when you want them to happen.

Mild: Create a timer variable and set time to 20

Medium: Use a wait block to and a change…

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Ava Lovelace day | bhall

Today is a very special day for computing, but not just computing…

Every year, on the second Tuesday in October, Ada Lovelace Day (ALD) is an international celebration day of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). It aims to increase the profile of women in STEM and, in doing so, create new role models who will encourage more girls into STEM careers and support women already working in STEM.

Here are some links where you can find out more about Ada Lovelace Day and Ada herself.

Ada Lovelace Day
Ada Lovelace biography
Ada Lovelace National…

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Predicting and testing with Blue-Bot | bhall

Year 2 have been learning how to predict and test using the Blue-Bot app. They were set a series of challenges to move the Blue-Bot from one location to another. Before they used the app they had to predict, on paper which instructions would be successful. Once they had made their predictions they tested them using the app. In a different colour pencil they debugged their instructions, showing qualities of determination and resilience.

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