Awards

The Premiers Coding Challenge is divided into four award levels, with each introducing a new concept and application of physical computing.

Bronze Award

Master how to control simple outputs on your ThinkerShield – including the Light Emitting Diode (LED), and the Buzzer.
Achieving the Bronze award should take approximately 4 hours, over 2 weeks as learners work critically and creatively to add outputs. Follow our Bronze Award tutorial here.

Silver Award

Master how to control simple inputs on your ThinkerShield – including the Potentiometer, Light Dependent Resistor (LDR), and Button.
Achieving the Silver award should take approximately 4 hours, over 2 weeks as learners work critically and creatively to add inputs. Follow our Silver Award tutorial here.

Gold Award

Master how to add external components to your ThinkerShield – using Alligator Clips, External LEDs, Resistors, and Copper Tape.
Achieving the Gold award should take approximately 4 hours, over 2 weeks as learners work critically and creatively to add external electronic components. Follow our Gold Award tutorial here.

Diamond Award

Create an invention to meet a real world need in your school or community, and upload it for the ThinkerShield community.
Achieving the Diamond award should take approximately 12 hours, over 4 weeks as learners work critically and creatively to create an invention. Follow our Diamond Award tutorial here.

 

Awards Structure

Below is the award structure of the Challenge. Use this table to quickly find the corresponding pages for the exercises in your Get.(On).With.It guide.

Award

Challenge

Exercises

Extension Exercises

Time

Challenge

Outputs

– Light Emitting Diode

– Buzzer

Exercises
1 - Get.Connected
Connect your Arduino and ThinkerShield and Get.On.With.It. (p. 6-8)
2 - In.A.Blink
Start by flashing a LED (p. 10-13)
3 - Getting.Flashy
Controlling an LED (p. 14-15)
4 - Even.Flashier
Controlling multiple LEDs at the same time (p.16-17)
5 - Buzzer.Basics
Learn to make sounds with the buzzer (p. 34-35)
Extended Exercises
1 - Play.A.Song
Make the buzzer make music (p. 38-39)
2 - LED.Magic.Sign
Make a cool magic sign using all six LEDs (p. 48-51)
TimeWeek 1 - 2
Challenge

Inputs

– Potentiometer

– Light Dependent Resistor

– Push Button

Exercises
1 - Pot.Basics
Reading the potentiometer (p. 18-19)
2 - A.Light.Dimmer
Make a light dimmer control (p. 20-23)
3 - LDR.Basics
Read the LDR to sense light (p. 26-27)
4 - LDR.Night.Light
Make an automatic night light (p. 28-29)
5 - Push.Button.Basics
Program the push button as a momentary switch (p. 30-31)
Extended Exercises
1 - Pot.LED.Bouncer
Using analog values to switch LEDs on and off (p. 24-25)
2 - Get.A.Toggle.On
Make the push button into a toggle switch (p. 32-33)
3 - Pitch.Changer
Control the buzzer frequency with the potentiometer (p. 36-37)
TimeWeek 3 - 4
Award
Gold
Challenge

External Components

– Alligator Clips

– External Light Emitting Diode

– Resistors

– Copper Tape

Exercises
1 - Connect.A.LED
Move beyond the shield and flash an external LED (p. 52-53)
2 - Traffic.Lights
Control three external LEDs in a traffic light sequence (p. 54-55)
3 - Digital.Spoon.Piano
Make a fun spoon-controlled piano using all eight external pins (p. 56-59)
Extended Exercises
1 - Electronic.Dice
Make a working six light electronic dice (p. 40-43)
2 - Buzzing.Light.Meter
Make a working six light electronic dice (p. 44-47)
TimeWeek 5 - 6
Challenge
Exercises
Create an invention

Create an invention to meet a real world need in your school or community, and upload it to the invention page.

You will use the design process to create your invention. At the end of the design process you will share your invention with your school community.

At the end of the design process you will share your invention with your school community.

TimeWeek 7 - 10