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5-6 Locker Avatars



Each year, the 5-6s create an animal avatar for their lockers. You should choose an animal that represents a few aspects of you-particularly your personality.

You will include an explanation underneath saying why you chose this animal to represent you. There should be at least 2 reasons that connect you to your animal avatar.

Here’s an awesome example from Amelia from last year:

Open a Word document and write your sentences explaining why you chose this animal as your avatar.

Go to google images and choose an image of this animal and copy it onto the Word document.

Open your camera app (or Debut if you can’t access the camera app)

Take a photo of yourself. This will automatically save to the folder ‘Camera Roll’

Use File explorer to go to ‘Camera Roll’. You will find it in your ‘Pictures’ folder.

Right click on the image you took and choose open with> paint

Choose ‘select’ from the toolbar at the top and select a rectangle of just your face.

Then choose ‘crop’ from the toolbar and this will get rid of the rest of the picture.

Save this version of the photo.

Drag and drop this photo from the ‘Camera roll’ folder onto the Word document.

Move the face picture’s position and a rainbow with stripes icon will appear next to the picture:

Click on this and choose the bottom right icon “In front of text”

Now resize and rotate the photo so it is positioned over the face of your animal.

Now, while you are clicked on the photo, choose the Format tab at the top of Word, and choose the dropdown menu in ‘Picture Styles”. Choose the option that has an oval with a faded out border (3rd row, 2nd from right). This will make your photo fade smoothly into your animal picture.

Email it to your teacher for them to print for your locker next year!


Creating a Mars Rover Skin


I can design and create a skin for my Mars Rover that includes shape transformations that I can describe


Look at this site:

Why would they be called ‘skins’? How could this be related to what we have just been learning in maths?

What was important to remember when making nets for 3D shapes from our lesson last week?


Create a skin for your Edison/Mars Rover.

Make the net for it to be stuck onto your Edison robot later –you each need to make one- it can be a different design each or the same design on each


Skins should be created using paper and cut out- no need to put them on the Edisons permanently- this will be done in our final presentation session.


First, create the outline of the net for your Edison- how many faces will the net have? Where will the faces join?

Make sure you measure each side of each face precisely. Can you make the net just by measuring your Edison well or do you need to trace some parts of it? – make sure you check and measure where holes should go for the wheels and any sensors you are hoping your Mars rover will use (you can remove the wheels to measure)


Then decorate it with your pattern of repeating shapes. Describe the shape transformations in your maths book. You may want to trace around any of the 2D shapes on our maths table.

Create a design for your mars rover that involves any/ some/all of these of at least 1 shape:

Tessellation/rotation, reflection, translation, enlargement

You need to describe the maths of the changes you have made to the shapes in your maths book- direction, distance, how much larger/smaller

Once you have designed the pattern with your sharp grey led you may colour it in.


After this, you can cut out the skin. Try to fold it around

Teacher should collect all nets/skins for our presentation session next week

Goal Reflection

Give feedback to the other members of your team on how well they made their skin- the pattern & how well it fits the Edison

Mapping our Mars Rover



I can design a map to represent the journey of my Mars rover


Go to the lesson where we learned about mars

Look at the maps- where will your Mars rover be going?

New Info/Application:

Using the coding you have done and your knowledge of the geography of Mars and where Rovers have landed/might land in the future, create a map showing where your rover will travel to present with your project. Try to use an appropriate scale. So, for instance, if your Edison is set to go forward 20 cm by a given block of code, how far might this be representing in reality on Mars for the Mars rover. Show this using a scale on your map. Show where North is and at least 1 or 2 landmarks.

Make an approximate map- you will have a chance to refine/publish this in following lessons

Combine the knowledge you gained from our mapping lessons and from our Science lesson about Mars rovers when you create your map

Goal reflection:

Share your map with another group- can they work out where your rover is going and how far it will travel.

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 I can design what my rover will do



Explain what this code made the Edison do in a simple few sentences/ what was it representing as a ‘Mars rover’?



What the Edison did:

The Edison moved forward, turned left then moved forward again. It turned both of its LEDs on and waited. If it heard a clap it sent an IR message. If it didn’t, it sent a different IR message. Then it waited for 20 seconds. Then it went backwards, turned left and went forwards, returning to where it came from.

What it represented:

The Mars rover came out of its space capsule and travelled to where there were rocks suspected of having water traces. It fired its lasers. If it heard the explosion of water vapour, it sent back a message that there was water found. If it didn’t sense the explosion, it sent back a message saying no water was found. Then it waited and returned to the space capsule.


Create:  design products or processes to meet specific needs

  1. I describe something that could be better- the way a Mars rover might work on Mars
  2. I tell what it should be- design what your Edison will do
  3. I make a model- the Edison with program
  4. I listen to others tell me how to make it better-test/debug & get feedback
  5. I make it better-get feedback, debug and make improvements
  6. I publish or produce it

 New info

Protocode is when you explain in English what you hope your code will do. It is usually written in steps/instructions/procedural language. It is the English language version of the programming algorithm.



Today, you should plan what you want your Edison to do and write 2 versions of protocode. 1 will say what the Edison will do, and the other what it represents your Mars rover would do. Discuss and plan as a group together, then write separately. Remember the clearer the individual steps, the easier it will be to convert to EdScratch code/

Share your versions when you are all complete, and combine them to make your published version that you should publish on your blogs and email the link to your teacher.


Goal reflection:

What aspects of your protocode did you all have in common? What were some differences? What will be the easiest/hardest parts to convert to EdScratch?

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Beginning our Rover design



I understand what I need to know to begin designing my Mars rover


What ideas for tasks for your Mars rover could you get from these videos?


New info/Application

Thinking skill: Create:  design products or processes to meet specific needs

  1. I describe something that could be better- the way a Mars rover might work on Mars
  2. I tell what it should be- design what your Edison will do
  3. I make a model- the Edison with program
  4. I listen to others tell me how to make it better-test/debug & get feedback
  5. I make it better-get feedback, debug and make improvements
  6. I publish or produce it



What are different things that Edison does that could stand in for things the rover does? …BRAINSTORM A LIST IN THE FIRST COLUMN OF A TABLE



Make correlation-Match the things that Edison does with tasks the Mars rover might do in the second column


Design-You can model any part of Curiosity’s real tasks or your own idea of what it or a future rover could do- see lesson 2

  • You need steps designed for what it will do- PROTOCODE (procedure/ instructions/algorithms/flow chart/steps)
  • You need to code your Edison
  • You need to test/debug your code
  • Rover should move
  • You need to share your code using the ‘share’ function on EdScratch
  • You need a map of the area you want it to move through. Your map should show where the rover will go and what it will do. You could include a scale on your map and make a grid representation and give co-ordinates for locations it goes
  • You need a design for your mars rover ‘skin’ connection to maths lessons nets/tessellation
  • You need to present your Edison project


Possible ideas-

  • follow a specific path modelled on Curiosities past/possible future travels
  • Design a way for Curiosity to get to a certain place even if there are obstacles in the way
  • Design a way curiosity could go into a cave and out again
  • Send messages back to earth about something it finds
  • Pick up something (take samples)
  • communicate with another rover and tell it to meet it
  • Opportunity rover recently powered down when its solar panels were covered in dust from a dust storm- could Opportunity (or the next rover sweep the dust off?)


Goal reflection:

Our ideas for our Edison Rover are for it to…..

Explain why this task(s) would be important.


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Using a decision making matrix to decide the future of space exploration


Image result for exploring space

In what way should humans continue with space exploration?


I can use a decision matrix to evaluate the benefits of different options for the future of space exploration


discuss BTN homework video:

Humans in Space: 31/03/2015, Behind the News

Is this important? Why?

New Information:

Decide: select from among seemingly equal choices 

  1. I can describe a decision I need to make   

 The future of space program is in jeopardy- you have been tasked by the government to give recommendations on the future of the space exploration industry

2. I can identify my choices/options-brainstorm and put into our Matrix

3. I can identify features/considerations that are important to consider-brainstorm and put into our chart

 Choose from some of these resources for your research:

Robots & drones:



the future of telescopes in space exploration

The next big telescope-James Webb telescope

Government run exploration:

NASA’s future  (and more here)

China’s Government Space Program

Private companies exploring space:


Another private space exploration company- Virgin Galactic  (their site)

& a Herald Sun kids news article on Virgin Galactic 


  1. I can assign a value score to each feature/considerations based on importance –create this chart in pairs or small groups (the least important feature will be multiplied by 1- other features are given multiplicative weighting according to your personal belief of their importance. Some features may end up with identical ratings).
  2. I can score each choice/option in relation to the feature/consideration the 5 or so options you have chosen should be rated in order of how well they meet that criteria (make sure you rate the most positive outcome highest even if the consideration is framed negatively)
  3. I can multiply the feature score by the choice score– do the maths!
  4. I can identify the choice with the highest score to make my decision-What’s the total? Is it what you thought it would be?

Goal Reflection:

8. I can use what I learned to explain the best choice- write up your recommendations and reasoning for the government. Make sure you mention what you learned from your decision matrix.


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Getting to know each other


Post a comment down below with 5 things about you…..we have to guess who you are….don’t make it too easy or too hard….

  • Make sure you AREN’T logged on (normally when you comment you should ALWAYS log on- your comments will be deleted by the teacher otherwise)
  • Fill in the name with a name that won’t give away who you are (e.g. ‘someone123’)
  • Put in an email address-either one you own or ‘someone’
  • DON’T put in a website
  • Write a comment that says 5 things about you that are real.
  • Fill in the antispam word
  • Submit comment
  • Now login (if you don’t remember your login, you may ask Ant to login for you
  • Keep refreshing your page and the comments will start appearing- as they do, write a list and see if you can guess who each person is. You can post your guess as a reply to the comment if you like

Sending infrared signals with an Edison


Related image


I can program an infrared message with an Edison


How does a remote control work?

What messages need to go between earth and a Mars rover?



New info/Application:

The IR (infrared) function on Edison could be used as a model for the way a Mars rover sends and receives messages.

Show my flag example:

What can you come up with?

Brainstrorm possible messages that could be sent between Edisons that would represent information a rover might want to send

Goal reflection:

Am I going to use the IR function in my coding of my Mars rover model? If so, what might it be, if not, why not?

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I can identify the inputs and outputs on Edison and make a simple program that makes them work



In a computer system, inputs are defined as parts or places where information or messages can enter the system.

Outputs are defined as parts or places where information or actions can exit the system.

On a computer- what are the inputs (ways to put information IN to the computer)? What are the outputs (ways the computer can send something OUT of itself)?



Inputs- keyboard/ mouse/usb/Bluetooth/wifi….

Outputs- screen/speakers/printer/Bluetooth/wifi

Both input & output-usb


New Info/ Application:


Inputs: parts or places where information or messages can enter the system.

Outputs: parts or places where information or actions can exit the system.


Look at your Edisons & the diagrams from lesson 1 & and identify all the inputs/outputs of an Edison






Inputs: Infra red/ obstacle detector/ cable/ light sensors/ sound sensor/buttons

Outputs: moving wheels/ lights (LEDs)/ beeping/Infra red

List them and identify which ones you are already familiar with how to make work, and which ones you are not sure how to get to work

Explore how to get them to input or output using coding on edScratch (log on to your account)-expert students (Fin, Hamish T, Hamish C, Callum) should move around room to share knowledge/ students should explore edScratch & turn various sensors on & create and program simple code that demonstrates as many input and output functions as possible.



They should be separate stand-alone code as simple as this:


which would prove knowledge of that output (wheels drive).

Each separate coding sequence should activate 1 type of input or output.

How many can you achieve?


List what you have managed to find out & what you are yet to find out

Goal reflection:

What might different inputs and outputs be models for if we are creating a Mars rover model?




e.g- driving could be driving/ IR could be sending or receiving messages from earth/ LEDs could be lasers…..

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