I began the class today by mentioning to the students that I would be away from school tomorrow (Oct 29). I then mentioned to all the students that they would not be using the lego mindstorm robotics (TEJ4M) or the electronics (TEJ3M). I will be back on Thur Oct 30 and the students will then be able to continue working from where they left off today. If the students have any questions about the work in class tomorrow, they can email me directly (abawa@office.ldcsb.on.ca).

The grade 12’s (TEJ4M) were to continue using the lego mindstorm robots. There were still a few times I had to record from the “race bots” the students had created (see the Oct 27 blog posting for further details), so I did that first. After recording the times, I told the students that they were go to the hand-out folder to build the “Explorer Bot”. I showed the students the next 2 NXC programming tutorials as well and mentioned that they would be using the coding from these 2 tutorials for the next activity. I told the students for now to just start building their “Explorer Bot” and I would tell them what their next activity was on Thur Oct 30 when I return to class.

There were still some grade 11’s (TEJ3M) that were making the 3 introductory circuits from last week. I put the students into groups to mix those students that were ahead with those that are a little behind. The students will remain in these groups for the rest of the electricity unit. The introductory circuits they are to make on the breadboard trainer were: 1.) a series circuit; 2.) a parallel circuit; 3.) a series & parallel circuit. I showed the students examples a few weeks ago on the digital projector for all 3 of these circuits. When the students complete each of these circuits, they are to call me over to take a picture of their circuit with the iPad. Those students that complete the 3 introductory circuits above, are to complete the next 3 circuits. These 3 circuits are: 4.) 3 Resistors & 3 LED’s; 5.) 7-Segment LED Display; 6.) double 7-Segment LED Display;. For the “3 Resistors & 3 LED’s”, the students have to calculate the resistance for each resistor using the resistance example I gave them a few weeks ago (you will find a copy of this below). For the 7 segment LED, the students have to make the number 8 and for the double 7 segment LED, the students have to spell the word “hi”. The students will NOT be working with the electronics tomorrow while I am away but will continue on Thur Oct 30 when I return.

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

Explorer – Step By Step (the students only had a chance to start building this robot in class today – TEJ4M only)

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

Lego NXT robots using NXC tutorial – Part 2 (this is the coding examples for the “Bricx Command Centre” software – The TEJ4M students only)

Lego NXT robots using NXC tutorial – Part 3 (this is the coding examples for the “Bricx Command Centre” software – The TEJ4M students only)

Groups for the Electricity Unit (these are the groups I made up for the electricity unit – TEJ3M only)

Example of 7 Segment LED & Double 7 Segment LED (I did this example in class today on the white board to help those students that are ahead do the 7 segment LED and double 7 segment LED – TEJ3M only)

Example of the double 7 Segment LED (I showed the students this example today in class using the breadboard trainer on the digital projector to help the students – TEJ3M only)

Examples using the Breadboard (Parallel, Series & Parallel Series Circuits) (I showed this to the students in class so they knew the expectations – TEJ3M only)

Examples using the Breadboard (3 Resistors & 3 LED’s and 7-Segment LED Display) (I showed this to the students in class so they knew the expectations – TEJ3M only)

Resistance Example (the students can use this example to help them calculate the resistance of each resistor they are using for the “3 Resistors & 3 LED’s” circuit – TEJ3M students only)