**PLEASE NOTE:**** TOMORROW IS A REVISED SCHEDULE FOR THE DAY FOR JAPAN DAY (STUDENTS FROM JAPAN WILL BE VISITING OUR SCHOOL TOMORROW). THERE ARE A FEW SLIGHT CHANGES TO THE SCHEDULE. YOU WILL FIND THE SCHEDULE BELOW. **

Japan Day – Revised Schedule for the Day

**IMPORTANT:**** THE STUDENTS WILL BE HAVING A UNIT TEST ON FRI OCT 10 ON BOTH THE HARDWARE AND NUMBER SYSTEM UNITS. I WILL GIVE THE STUDENTS MORE DETAILS ABOUT THE TEST NEXT WEEK AND WILL REVIEW IN MORE DETAIL WHAT THEY NEED TO KNOW FOR THE TEST. **

I asked the grade 12’s (TEJ4M) on Fri Oct 3 if they could bring a laptop to school (if they have one). Those that did not bring one today are asked to bring one in tomorrow (they borrowed my laptop today). I then told the grade 12’s (TEJ4M) that they would be starting the lego mindstorms robotics unit today. I gave the students a pdf of instructions for building their first robot. This pdf was titled “Express Bot Driving Base – Step By Step”. Once the students were finished building this robot, they were to read over the pdf titled “Lego NXT robots using NXC tutorial – Part 1”. I asked the students to write the code for “The First Program” from this pdf (an explanation of the code for “The First Program” can be found in the document). The students will be using a program called “Bricx Command Centre” to type out their programs and then upload them to the robot. I encourage those students bringing in their laptops to download the software and driver to install on their computer. Here is the link to the site where you can download the software: http://bricxcc.sourceforge.net/ (click on NXT on the left side).

I asked the grade 11’s (TEJ3M) to take out their worksheets which I had given them on Thu Oct 2 titled “Logic Gates Worksheet #1”. I wanted to take this worksheet up in class because we did not have a chance on Fri Oct 3 (see Oct 3 blog posting for further details). I went over the process of how the students would go about completing this worksheet by breaking down the first logic gate and showing them how to come up with the truth table (I did this on the white board). After going over the the worksheet, I then told the students that they would be doing an activity to help them understand the various logic gates. I first asked the students to go to the following website:

http://www.neuroproductions.be/logic-lab/

I gave the students a demonstration on the digital projector of what I wanted them to do. The students are to make visual examples of the logic gates found from the website above so they can better understand the logic gates. The students need an input (a switch) an logic gate (AND, NAND, OR, NOR, XOR, XNOR & NOT) and an output (an LED light). I want the students to do each of these gates on the program and then copy and paste each one into a word document. I did the example for AND for the students and told them I would attach it to this blog posting (you will find the example below). Students have to do the following logic gates: NAND, OR, NOR, XOR, XNOR & NOT (I already did AND in the example so students do not have to do it. Once the students are finished, they are to save this as “Name_LogicGates.doc” and then hand it in to the hand-in folder at school (Hand-in/Worksheets/Oct 6 – Basic Logic Gates Using Logic Lab). Students can also email me their assignment directly as well (abawa@office.ldcsb.on.ca). I will give the students a little more time in class to work on this in class tomorrow.

Below you will find a copies of the handouts/worksheets that were distributed/assigned in today’s class.

Express Bot Driving Base – Step By Step (instructions for building their first robot – the TEJ4M students only)

Lego NXT robots using NXC tutorial – Part 1 (this is the coding examples for the “Bricx Command Centre” software – The TEJ4M students only)

Oct 2 – Logic Gates Worksheet #1 (Answers) (we took this up at the start of class – the TEJ3M students only)

Explanation of how to do question #1 on Logic Gates Worksheet (this is the answers to the worksheet I gave the students on Oct 2 – the TEJ3M students only)

Oct 6 – Basic Logic Gates Using Logic Lab Example #1 (this is to help the students complete their assignment based on the website listed above – the TEJ3M students only)