New beginnings for the CLC

Happy Summer Holidays everyone. The sunshine is here at last! Here is the CLC team as we finish this academic year…..lots of changes ahead.

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Congratulations to Mick, you have taught hundred of Brent pupils over the years, always with your wise and kind approach. Wishing you lots of happy days ahead on the next phase of your career, and hoping you get to do all the things love and have some time for yourself.

Lots of luck to Gee in your new job at QPCS.

July 2012 sees the CLC changing. Still committed to providing excellent ICT opportunities for Brent pupils, the CLC will be on the road as of September 2012.

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Salusbury Primary Class 3H

Class 3H came to the CLC today to learn about Design Technology and Control Technology. In teams they got busy straight away and designed their own fair ground carriage. Then they learnt how to program their models using the WeDo software. They can turn the motor clockwise and anti-clockwise for a set time. The teams added a motion senor and changed their program and used it to switched on their models. Class 3H are great at working in teams. They used the iPod Touch to take photos of their models and all the parts. In the afternoon they made the Dancing birds or the Cheering fans and used the App  Comic Book to create their own page using the iPod Touch. Please go to Salusbury Year 3 page. Great work Class 3H.

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Salusbury Primary Class 3A

Class 3A came to the CLC for the whole day. They got busy straight away and organised themselves into teams. Each team had to create their own model which used an axle. Then they learnt how to program their model to move. They added a motor and made the model change direction and speed. Then they added a motion sensor and programmed the model to start when the motion sensor detected movement. They learnt about the 3 stages of controlling a device 1= input, 2= process, 3=output. In the afternoon the teams built either dancing birds or the hungry lion. The teams used the ipod Touch to take photos of their work and they made a comic page to show what they had learnt, please look on the school pages to see their comic pages. Class 3A were great, well done.

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Gladstone Park Primary Class 5V

Class 5V came to the CLC today to work with the Lego WeDO kits. They learnt about pulleys and belts. The larger pulley moved slower than the smaller pulley, the pulley belt transfered the movement from one pulley to another. If the belt is crossed, the pulleys move in opposite directions. They made a model to test out their ideas. Then they added an electric motor and programmed the model. The class worked brilliantly in teams and made the dancing birds model and programmed them to dance in different ways. In the afternoon all the teams made the drumming monkey model. This used cams to push the levers (arms) and make the monkey drum different beats. Well done class 5V you worked really hard all day.

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Our Lady of Lourdes Year 5

What a fantastic class. Year 5 got really busy today at the CLC. They worked really well as teams and learnt lots about design technology and control technology. They learnt about how pulleys and a belt work to make a model work. The large pulley moves slower than the smaller pulley. When you cross the pulley belt the pulley move in opposite directions. The teams built the dancing birds and programmed them to dance in different ways.Well done Year 5 keep up the good work. Look out for control technology around you and think about how it works. Can you spot the input, process and the output?

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Gladstone Park Primary Class 5E

Class 5E came to the CLC for the day to work with Lego WeDo and learn about control technology. First they got busy and built a pulley model. they learnt that the size of a pulley affects the speed. A large pulley moves slower than a small pulley. Next they added an electric motor and programmed their model to work, then they added a motion sensor to switch on their model. In the morning they built Dancing birds and programmed them, This helped them understand how pulley and belts work. In the afternoon they built a Drumming monkey or the Cheering fans. Both of these models use cams. They had lots of fun programming them to move and thinking about how they work.

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Islamia Primary Class 5B

Class 5B came to the CLC to continue their Control Tech sessions. Today they built the Hungry Aligator and programmed it to open and close its jaws, using the pulley and belt. In their teams they made up stories and got the Lego people to be a charatcer that gets eaten by the Aligator. The class really thought about inputs and outputs and we talked about how simple devices and even complex devices follow the same 3 stages of Control. 1=Input 2=Process 3=Output. Have a look for Control Technology all around you and think about how it works.

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St Mary Magdelen’s Primary Year 6

The second Year 6 class came to the CLC today to ‘play/learn’ about gears using Lego WeDo. They got busy and built a fan to show how to gear up ( make it faster) and gear down (make it slower.) Then they added a motor and programmed their fan to turn in different directions. They changed the speed by swopping over the gears. Then they added a motion sensor. This sensed movement and then sent a signal to the motor to switch on (depending on the instructions they gave it.) Then they had lots of fun building a spinning top and handle. They programmed it to spin the top and then they counted how long the top would spin for using different sized gears. They discovered that  the large  gear on the handle ( the driver gear) and the small gear on the spinning top (the follower gear) was the best combination. The top would spin for an average of 25 seconds. Then we looked at other parts of mechnisms like, a pulley and belt, an axle and thought about how things work. Brilliant work Year 6 in a short amount of time. FANtastic!!!!!!

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Gladstone park primary class 5K

Class 5K got working straight away. The first challenge was only 1 minute to build a duck using just 6 bricks. The ducks were all different  everyone used their own method to  complete the task.  Then the teams built a model to explore pulleys and belts. The larger pulley goes slower and the small pulley goes faster. The belt transfers the movement from one pulley to another pulley. The teamsworked fast and also built some dancing birds before lunch. In the afternoon they built the drumming monkey and the cheering fans. These models helped us learn more about cams. The teams programmed the models and used electric motors and a motion sensor. Great work everyone in class 5 K

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Islamia Primary Class 5B

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Class 5B came for a second visit to the CLC to continue their work on Design Technology and Control Technology. Today they learnt about cams and how the position and shape of the cam affects the movement. Look carefully at their models of the Drumming Monkey. Can you spot the cams pushing the monkeys arms? The arms are levers and they are pushed by the cams which make the monkey drum a beat. Can you spot the motor, the crown gear and the small gear and axle? Well done Class 5B you worked really well in teams.