NSW Premier’s Coding Challenge – Bronze Award

NSW Premier’s Coding Challenge – Bronze Award

The NSW Premier’s Coding Challenge (PCC) is designed to support the delivery of the stage 4 Digital Technologies context within the new Technology Mandatory syllabus.

This page outlines everything you will need to help your learners achieve a Bronze award. This tutorial should take approximately 4 hours, over 2 weeks as learners work critically and creatively to add outputs. Follow along in your Get.(On).With.It quick-start guide that comes with your ThinkerShield Kit, or download it here.

Challenge:

Master how to control simple outputs on your ThinkerShield – including the Light Emitting Diode (LED), and the Buzzer.


Activities

B.1. Get.Connected

  • Find this exercise on pages 6-8 of your Get.(On).With.It quick-start guide
  • Connect your Arduino and ThinkerShield and Get.(On).With.It

B.2. In.A.Blink

  • Find this exercise on pages 10-13 of your Get.(On).With.It quick-start guide
  • Download the activity code ts_LED_In_A_Blink.ino from the Downloads section
  • Start by flashing a LED

B.3. Getting.Flashy

  • Find this exercise on pages 14-15 of your Get.(On).With.It quick-start guide
  • Download the activity code ts_Getting_Flashy.ino from the Downloads section
  • Learn how to control an LED

B.4. Even.Flashier

  • Find this exercise on pages 16-17 of your Get.(On).With.It quick-start guide
  • Download the activity code ts_Even_Flashier.ino from the Downloads section
  • Learn how to control multiple LEDs at the same time

B.5. Buzzer.Basics

  • Find this exercise on pages 34-35 of your Get.(On).With.It quick-start guide
  • Download the activity code ts_Buzzer_Basics.ino from the Downloads section
  • Learn to make sounds with the buzzer

Extension Activities

B.E1. Play.A.Song

  • This extension exercise explores more in-depth ways of using the Buzzer
  • Find this exercise on pages 38-39 of your Get.(On).With.It quick-start guide
  • Download the activity code tsproj_Play_A_Song.ino from the Downloads section
  • Learn how to make the buzzer make music

B.E2. LED.Magic.Sign

  • This extension exercise explores more in-depth ways of using the LEDs
  • Find this exercise on pages 48-51 of your Get.(On).With.It quick-start guide
  • Download the activity code tsproj_LED_Magic_Sign.ino from the Downloads section
  • Learn how to make a cool magic sign using all six LEDs

Syllabus Links

Below are the syllabus outcomes and content that can link to this tutorial.

Outcomes

  • TE4-4DP designs algorithms for digital solutions and implements them in a general-purpose programming language

Content

  • evaluate how existing information systems meet needs, are innovative, and take account of future risks and sustainability (ACTDEK029, ACTDIP031)
  • evaluate how existing information systems meet needs, are innovative, and take account of future risks and sustainability (ACTDEK029, ACTDIP031)
  • define and decompose real-world problems, taking into account functional requirements and a range of constraints, eg economic, environmental, social, technical and usability (ACTDIP027)
  • evaluate the suitability of hardware with particular performance characteristics against the needs of different users, for example: (ACTDIK023)
    • high-powered systems for gaming and computation
    • energy-efficient systems for travel and productivity
    • small and light systems for health monitoring

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  1. Kids are loving the competition and there is very little I need to know and do. – very well set and up and EASY to run THANKYOU