NSW Premier’s Coding Challenge – Gold Award

NSW Premier’s Coding Challenge – Gold 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 Gold award. This tutorial should take approximately 4 hours, over 2 weeks as learners work critically and creatively to add external electronic component. 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 add external components to your ThinkerShield – using Alligator Clips, External LEDs, Resistors, and Copper Tape.


Activities

G.1. Connect.A.LED

  • Find this exercise on pages 52-53 of your Get.(On).With.It quick-start guide
  • Download the activity code tsproj_Connect_A_LED.ino from the Downloads section
  • Learn how to move beyond the shield and flash an external LED

G.2. Traffic.Lights

  • Find this exercise on pages 54-55 of your Get.(On).With.It quick-start guide
  • Download the activity code tsproj_Traffic_Lights.ino from the Downloads section
  • Learn how to control three external LEDs in a traffic light sequence

G.3. Digital.Spoon.Piano

  • Find this exercise on pages 56-59 of your Get.(On).With.It quick-start guide
  • Download the activity code tsproj_Digital_Spoon_Piano.ino from the Downloads section
  • Learn how to make a fun spoon-controlled piano using all eight external pins

Extension Activities

G.E1. Electronic.Dice

  • Find this exercise on pages 40-43 of your Get.(On).With.It quick-start guide
  • Download the activity code tsproj_Electronic_Dice.ino from the Downloads section
  • Learn how to make a working six light electronic dice

G.E2. Buzzing.Light.Meter

  • Find this exercise on pages 44-47 of your Get.(On).With.It quick-start guide
  • Download the activity code tsproj_Buzzing_Light_Meter.ino from the Downloads section
  • Learn how to make a device to scan the light levels in your environment

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
  • TE4-10TS explains how people in technology related professions contribute to society now and into the future

Content

  • trace algorithms to predict output for a given input and to identify errors (ACTDIP029)
  • design the user experience of a digital solution, generating, evaluating and communicating alternative ideas (ACTDEP036, ACTDIP028, ACTDIP032) CT DT
  • explore how data is transmitted and secured in wired, wireless and mobile networks, for example: (ACTDIK023)
    • how data is transferred over the internet with TCP/IP
    • how transmission media affects the reliability and speed of data transfer
    • how data is secured in wireless networks with WPA

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