Arduino class-set in Year 6
Today I tried out a class-set of 15 Arduinos with LEDs with Win 7 laptops with a Year 6 class with past experience of Scratch.
First issue was that I only managed to get 8 set-ups working before the start of the lesson!
This was due to driver issues – I thought I was OK as I’d used Arduinos in the past in the school but all machines wanted to install a new driver and only 4 of them decided that the ones it had already were suitable.
With all the others, I had to download the latest Arduino package and use the drivers in that.
After that, plain sailing using ScA (Arduino version of ScratchGPIO) to make some Red/Yellow/Green LEDs go on and off.
All groups had a full pedestrian crossing LED Sequence and Scratch cat walking across a Zebra crossing on the screen with quite a lot having cars going back and forth and one group had a baby doing cartwheels across the road!
Technically ScA throws an error if they save and then reload another script meaning it has to be killed and restarted but I’ll hopefully sort that out and get some input handling added to it so be can use switches as well.
As usual, forget to take pics – will try and do better next time.
There may be as easy solution to the driver probelm!
It takes courage to do that… I’m using Arduino Nano and Arduino Uno and NO drive was needed…
I did that last week with my class. A lovely set of breadboards, all wired up. Did you know that they don’t work if the children decide to rewire the boards 🙂 We are doing the traffic light one soon.