Microbit - and the KIKS_Microbit WIKIspace - gives us a great opportunity for KIKS: Kids Inspiring Kids in STEAM. Students have already developed a number of projects to answer the challenge: How would you get your schoolmates to LOVE STEAM?

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Conservation of Energy


Conservation of Energy
KITRONIC+BUGGY

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Automated Cat Toys!


wooh-WARRH” Star Trek sound!



This steered one of our educators (Phil) to develop with us a KIKS microbit wikispaces to support students, easily enhance and track contributions to existing projects, and also develop future KIKS projects in flexible ways:
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Robotic cars

Videoconferences and inter-school collaborations

KIKS-Microbit Schools are already taking part in video conferences and projects together and we are starting to see the results on this wikispace:-) which only started mid-January. Video conferences and wikispace present two opportunities to:
  • Say hello and get to know each other
  • Present finished projects or early ideas
  • Evaluate each other's work and receive constructive feedback and ideas
  • Work together to enhance existing projects and/or develop new ones

You can see the first collaboration here: KITRONIC+BUGGYand the second below

International teams (NEW)

In addition, we're looking to set up an international team(s) of up to 10 students - 2 or 3 per country to collaborate on a new project....OR...taking an existing one and enhancing it. You can start from existing projects or indeed anything you like!)

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Merging sound and images



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3D Automated Cat Toy


You can all do the same activity and come up with perhaps different solutions...use Arduino or RPi...or develop a portfolio of activities...as long as you answer the challenge:

How would you get your schoolmates to LOVE STEAM?



See KIKS_Microbit or contact Tony or Phil



Westbridge and Sydan-Laukaa school SKYPE


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We had a great introductory video between Westbridge Adademy and Sydan-Laukaa school. The Finnish students presented their excellent Shadow Theatre in English:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oaeuVnhBWZY&feature=youtu.be

Teacher Mike from Westbridge presented a number of things they are working on, including ideas for a Rube Goldberg machine:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=863z_eHGIJw

A Rube Goldberg machine is "a contraption, invention, device, or apparatus that is deliberately over-engineered to perform a simple task in a complicated fashion" Wikipedia.

The idea is to develop a chain reaction using micro:bits to control various parts, such as gates, bridges - there are huge possibilites.


Why is this idea so cool??? A Westbridge student (who did not wish to appear on video), when asked his opinion on the micro:bit stated:

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Quite good...actually really good
Super simple
I'm more interested in physical things (than software) and this allows you to control things
So the project is much more than micro:bits and allows students a wider choice of activities to develop their skills.

We left the conference with Mike thinking: So how do we do a Chain Reaction from UK to Finland?!