Mission Intro #11 – MakeCode and Micro:bit

Now that we’ve built some Scratch coding and robotics skills, it’s time to enter the exciting world of microcontrollers. In this Mission, apprentices will take their coding and robotics skills to the next level through a variety of tasks and games, learn about the power of microcontrollers, get to grips with inputs and outputs and develop their own moving parts project using a micro:bit controller and servo motors.

Mission Intro #9 – Inventing Vehicles

In this mission apprentices will combine the 3D design methods learned previously – using digital computer models and a 3D pen together in one project to create their own vehicle, including working wheels and axles. They will practice modelling a few different styles of vehicle, and experiment with multiple propulsion systems for their 3D printed cars.

Mission Intro #7 – Building in 3D

Designing for 3D printing presents some challenges on top of the normal difficulties of 3D model design. This mission will help apprentices think not just in 3 dimensions, but also think in terms of the fabrication process that their models must undergo. They will plan for layer-by-layer construction, add scaffold-like supports to their models, and find the right balance between strength and efficiency.

Mission Intro #6 – Simple Machines I (Levers, Pulleys, Wheels)

Levers, pulleys and wheels are used every day to lift or move heavy objects such as pulleys in an elevator, handle levers on a wheelbarrow, or the tires on a bicycle. In this mission, apprentices will be introduced to these simple machines and learn about their benefits through experimentation and play.

Mission Intro #4 – Photography & Animation

Learn the basics of digital photography, editing, and animation. Plan, light, and pose digital photographs, use a simple editing program to create a great digital composition, and highlight the desired aspects of the image. Then, build your animation skills using a series of stop motion techniques, both in 2 and 3 dimensions.