Monday, 25 January 2016


Last week I had a wonderful time working with the year 6 class at Carrington Primary School in Nottingham. Having recently purchased some Crumble Controller Sets from Redfern Electronics we tried out all sorts of programming and electronics activities. The lesson notes can be found by clicking here 

Wall display created after the session.
We started by connecting some LEDs to the boards and then programming them to switch on and off in different ways. Previous  experience with Scratch meant that the drag and drop interface in the Crumble programming tool was readily understood by the class. It was impressive how easily they applied their knowledge to the new interface.

We progressed to using the sparkle lights; pupils cooperated by connecting them in long chains and also programming them in different sequences. We then added a push button switch.

We finished by experimenting with the traffic light module. First programming an individual one and then combining laptops to control both directions of traffic and finally all 4 points of a crossroads. Our intention is to have a follow-up session attaching the crumble controllers to some crumble bots and programming them.

Evaluating the session we agreed that the learning objectives had been exceeded in all areas. I was impressed at how reliable the equipment was and how well it performed. The class really enjoyed the session as it reinforced and extended their programming and knowledge of electric circuits. They were extremely creative in solving problems and celebrated their successes.

Thank-you Carrington for inviting me to join you.
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