Lego Tape!

“Nimuno Loops are flexible rubber strips with a reusable adhesive backing that can stick to any smooth surface. On their non-sticky side, they’re covered in studs that fit into the holes on the bottom of Lego bricks.

They are also compatible with some other building block systems, like Mega Bloks and Kreo.

Because Nimuno Loops are flexible, they can be bent around all kinds of shapes.

On their Indiegogo page, Kirsten and Basler show the product stuck around the soles of shoes, the handlebars of a bike, the rim of a sink and the back of a plastic dinosaur toy, among other things.”

From https://www.dezeen.com/2017/03/16/nimuno-loops-reusable-tape-turns-any-surface-lego-base-design/#comments

Where’s Klaidi?

He hasn’t been on the blog for at least 2 days – do you think he’s OK?

Joking aside (where is he actually?), did you know someone has developed an algorithm for the quickest way to find Wally? (He’s called Waldo in America). Why don’t you check if this algorithm works by racing a friend to find Wally?

 

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 Michigan State University’s High-Performance Computing Centre doctoral student Randy Olson recently achieved this bizarre accomplishment.

After tracking down the coordinate positions of all 68 Wally locations from the seven primary editions of the books, he was able to apply a genetic algorithm to find the statistically fastest search pattern.

“Genetic algorithms continually tinker with the solution — always trying something slightly different from the current best solution and keeping the better one — until they can’t find a better solution anymore.”

Before running the algorithm, Olson was able to determine Wally was almost never hidden in the top left corner of the page because that’s where the postcard is positioned and he was never in the bottom right as that’s where readers first look when turning pages of the book.

It only took five minutes before the algorithm was able to determine a method to save children of the future many, many hours of searching aimlessly for the character.

The theory encourages readers to start from the bottom left page before shifting their gaze to upper quarter of the opposite page and if he is still not found, people should check bottom half of right page.

“This path represents one of the shortest possible paths to follow on the page to find Wally, so if we followed this path exactly, we’d most likely find Wally much faster than someone following a more basic technique,” said Olson.

http://www.news.com.au

 

Engineer Rich visited us!

Rich is the winning civil engineer from I’m An Engineer Get Me Out Of Here – he engineers the sound and light for buildings and he visited years 5 and 6 on 5th January.

He talked to us about the importance of the light, temperature and sound in the classroom/school and how engineers design the optimum teaching & learning environment. He brought in his Lux Meter to measure light levels and confirmed that the classroom light levels and wall colours were optimum for our learning. (Pastel colours, especially blues and greens are the best). We talked about different colours of light and how they triggered melatonin release in humans which made them sleepy or active (a good opportunity for us to discuss screen time (blue light) late at night!). He emphasised how important maths is to science and told us he used maths 95% of the time in his job. He also talked about STEM generally and the types of engineering jobs.

I was so impressed with some of the questions year 5 children asked (& also impressed at how much they already knew!). I wasn’t present at the Year 6 session so maybe you could fill me in about any extra discussions in the comments section? 

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Year 5 had a great discussion about how we hear sound (echoes, vibrations, shape of the ear etc) and we thought we should find out more about this. There is some information on BBC Bitesize here .

Can you do some extra research to find out answers to the following:

  • How does sound travel?
  • How can we make our classroom or school quieter? (Apart from the obvious way. Shhh!)
  • Why is the human ear such a funny shape?
  • What other areas could a sound and light engineer help with?

Google keeps all your voice recordings

Mark sent me a link to an article in the Independent online, which I have copied part of below so you don’t need to go to the web page (which contains a lot of rubbish and unsuitable material.)

Google could have a record of everything you have said around it for years, and you can listen to it yourself. The company quietly records many of the conversations that people have around its products.

The feature works as a way of letting people search with their voice, and storing those recordings presumably lets Google improve its language recognition tools as well as the results that it gives to people. But it also comes with an easy way of listening to and deleting all of the information that it collects. That’s done through a special page that brings together the information that Google has on you.

It’s found by heading to Google’s history page and looking at the long list of recordings. The company has a specific audio page and another for activity on the web, which will show you everywhere Google has a record of you being on the internet.

To delete particular files, you can click the check box on the left and then move back to the top of the page and select “delete”. To get rid of everything, you can press the “More” button, select “Delete options” and then “Advanced” and click through.

The easiest way to stop Google recording everything is to turn off the virtual assistant and never to use voice search. But that solution also gets at the central problem of much privacy and data use today – doing so cuts off one of the most useful things about having an Android phone or using Google search.” Independent online Wed 1 June 2016

London Fireworks 360

I thought the New Year’s fireworks in London were spectacular!

I just watched this 360degree video on my VR headset and it worked really well – you could try it at home if you have a VR headset/ Google cardboard etc. I recommend plugging some headphones in so you get good sound as well – have a good look around you! If you don’t have a headset at home then come and see me at break time and I’ll get the school ones out.

The fireworks start about 10 minutes into the video and you can use your computer mouse to drag the video and see 360 deg (or swipe on a touchscreen).

Hope you enjoy, let me know.

Tip:

Make sure you activate the Google Cardboard version at the bottom of the Youtube screen (see pic below), or you’ll need to watch with one eye closed!

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Year 3 Christmas Scratch projects

Look out Year 6 Code Clubbers, Year 3 are snapping at your heels!

Aren’t these amazing? A huge “Well Done!” to Aimee and Isabelle, with some help from Charlie.

 
Awesome! By Isabelle (you need to wait a little bit at the beginning)

Press flag then space bar in this project by Isabelle & Aimee for Christ-tastic action!

Penguin Party By Aimee – what do you think is happening inside the house at the end?