After an introduction to the challenge, the children left Cooper Hall excitedly to head back to their classrooms and learn about self-driving vehicles.
In Year 3, the children found out that self-driving cars worked by using multiple cameras, sensors and by using LIDAR. They then used junk modelling to build their own self-driving vehicles. Year 4 children explored the technology that makes self-driving cars work and then visited our school car park and roundabout to see what potential problems these vehicles might face. They were then challenged to build their own self-driving Microbot by assembling a variety of parts and cables. The students were given a Microbit (mini-computer), which was pre-loaded with code to make the cars move and spin. Finally, they debated the pros and cons of self-driving cars with some heated discussions!
In Year 5, the children created models of their self-driving cars using clay and then filmed an advert using iPads. Mrs. Nisha Augustine, a Year 5 parent and engineer talked to the students about how self-driving cars work. In Year 6, the children investigated the ethics behind self-driving cars and used the MIT creation – Moral Machine - to generate some superb discussions. Pupils made some excellent points whilst discussing the ethics behind potential accidents.
Most importantly, the students really developed their curiosity, creativity and problem solving skills throughout the day and had a lot of fun as well!
Primary STEAM Leader