Weekend Coding Workshop
Our second Coding Workshop, again run by the excellent Phil Bagge & Ms Darch, took place on February 6th with over 40 boys enthusiastically attending school on a Saturday!
The boys were set the task to design and make a vehicle capable of moving forwards and backwards using the materials provided. The vehicle would have a crumble board and battery pack mounted on it that would control the motors used. Once built, the boys had to connect the board to the computers and download the code that they had written to control the vehicle.
The boys all worked in pairs and it was interesting to see the way they split the tasks up between them for maximum efficiency. Many of the pairs had the experience of learning first-hand about the concept of KIS, because the whole task had to be completed in three hours and the temptation to over-engineer a solution was huge! Several prototypes had to be torn apart and simplified in order to support the motors solidly. It was fascinating to see that a vehicle could work even if its wheels were very wobbly!