And it only got better from there. We spent most of the day working on some hands on activities, all to do with Lego WeDO 2.0 as well as with EV3 robots. Our amazing facilitators (who came across the ditch from Australia) made sure we had a lot of things to do.
The first thing we played with, was the WeDo 2.0. I had seen this in previous years (I'm sure if you go back in my twitter feed, you'll see it) and in the interim had never really gotten a chance to learn more. We did a few activities with this. The first was to take 10 pieces from the set and make any animal. We had two minutes to do this (with the wonderful advice of start with your hands and let your brain catch up) and as you can see in the picture below, not one of us made the same as another. It's a great way to get started when you're working with Lego (or anything else for that matter) to show that everyone has great ideas and they can be very different from each other.
We then used the app to make a windmill (or a fan) and then have a bit of a play with the coding. It is very easy to use, and has a lot of different functions. Our last challenge was to make a music machine. I spent a good bit of time of this, iterating and making new versions, adding features as I got inspiration. It was all good fun. Here's a tweet & video of what I made with my partner:
Building a sound machine. Gotta love having a full day of playing with @LEGO_Education looking forward to making some more cool things! #MakerEdNZ #lego pic.twitter.com/TuSSQZLLjw— Michael Davidson (@michaelteacher) August 26, 2018
Daredevil Dan almost made it (maybe he should have taken a step back) #lego @LEGO_Education pic.twitter.com/xePFKZJFbE— Michael Davidson (@michaelteacher) August 27, 2018