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    What about looking at some of the scratch starter projects? There are lots on line
    Scratch - Starter Projects

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joanne View Post
    Double scratch.

    I want to start with something easy... maybe espresso coding... I kind of need to ease myself into it because I haven't got a clue how to interact with children effectively. It's going to take all of my will power to not swear!!


    You'll be fine, children are way easier to deal with than teachers, generally politer and more willing to listen and learn. If you can deal with teachers you'll be fine with the kids.
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    Got Lego WeDo through today and had a play this afternoon... it's AWESOME. Totally going to do a group build today and smaller groups next week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joanne View Post
    Got Lego WeDo through today and had a play this afternoon... it's AWESOME. Totally going to do a group build tomorrow and smaller groups next week.
    Hi,

    Which WeDo Kit did you buy? Not sure to go for the Construction or Starter Set..

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    It's the construction set. It was a bit of a nightmare only having 1 kit and 5 kids... I don't want to do that again. I hate kids!!!! Touching my ears and my hair... ARGH!

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    I made this out of the construction set yesterday...


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    Thats cool! .. The starter set incldes the software.. but if your using scratch.. then its not needed.

    Haha about the kids.. don't forget never to tie boys wet shoelaces

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    Quote Originally Posted by RTi View Post
    Thats cool! .. The starter set incldes the software.. but if your using scratch.. then its not needed.

    Haha about the kids.. don't forget never to tie boys wet shoelaces

    Yeah... every time I have to go to the primary school I'm reminded why I like being based at a secondary... I'm seriously unkeen on the 3' space invaders.

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    urgh... they all had a fascination with my earrings. They were arguing about who was doing what, Miss She pushed me!
    ARGH!

    Definitely making sure that I have another member of staff with me next time.

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    My school have been running a lunchtime drop in session with a new product called The FUZE. Unlike scratch , it teaches them how to actually code, sounds crazy but they use a really easy language and the kids love it . It comes with a raspberry pi. They also use it with a robot arm. The kids have been teaching themselves using the project cards and helping each other with it - really straightforward to use and have started to learn about electronics too with it.

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    I've had a pi on order for the last month or so. I have a robot arm

    I have my club this afternoon. Gonna be doing scratch for now though... might move onto other things like pi after summer.

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    I have seen a demo with the robot arm , it was great , it works directly with the Fuze and Pi, and the kids were writing their own commands to make the robot arm work. Might be worth you trying out a demo of it to save you waiting for your Pi

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    Is there any info available on using it with the Robot Arm? example commands etc..

    Quote Originally Posted by vickit View Post
    I have seen a demo with the robot arm , it was great , it works directly with the Fuze and Pi, and the kids were writing their own commands to make the robot arm work. Might be worth you trying out a demo of it to save you waiting for your Pi

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    I know the school were using something had come with the product, they were following instructions , you may find them if you google fuze/raspberry pi/robot arm. The pupils (year 5) were able to make the robot arm work from direct commands.

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    I have the software that I can e-mail to you for the robot arm if you like? Only good if you have the arm though :-P

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