Creating Our SCRUM Project Development Teams
After students completed a self-assessment, they were tasked with creating their own teams with the goal of creating the most balanced teams possible. Students had to make teams of 2, and everyone had to agree on the pairings before the identity of each card was revealed, so that students looked purely at skills, and not at presuppositions about other students.
Introduction to 2nd Semester Project
Over the last two weeks of February, we introduced the Raspberry Pi LED and Sensor kits to our Intro to Computer Science class. Their goal over the next few months is to assemble a set of sensors that runs on a Raspberry Pi unit, and brainstorm some ideas that show how this unit could be useful in a developing country. Mr. Bianchi spent time introducing the different potential parts of the kit that students will be using, while Mr. O’Brien helped with group management and project management.
Tuesday, February 26 – Intro Project – LEDs
Before students begin on their sensor projects, we wanted to have them do a demo project with the Raspberry Pis in order to learn basic circuitry and logistics of assembling the machines. We have been working with students step-by-step to assemble the Pi and program it to flash several LEDs when prompted.
Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Today students were given more background on the basics of electricity and how a battery, LED, and resistor interact within a circuit. This cleared up some questions they had about why things were constructed the way they are within the Pi unit, LEDs, and resistors. After this mini-lesson, students began to install the OS onto their Raspberry Pis within their teams.
Update: Week of March 19th, 2019
At this point in the project the groups are in the middle of lighting up their LED projects. Several groups have finished and have been introduced to the Raspberry Pi sensor project, and will begin developing that in the next couple weeks. For the students still working on LED projects, some of them have run into problems. Mr. Bianchi has been helping them troubleshoot, and I have been going around framing their troubles using the scientific method. There is a way they an approach the challenges using a hypothesis/test method, that has already helped one group discover what they needed to do to fix their Pi and LEDs.
Update: Week of March 25th, 2019
This week our teams have gotten to different points in their projects, so Mr. Bianchi and I have restructured and reorganized several of their responsibilities to focus on the Tech Expo that is in a couple weeks. Several groups are focusing on coming up with presentations of the LED projects we just completed; two groups are focusing on getting their sensors up and running; and three groups are refining the websites they made at the beginning of the year, so that they can show how the class started, and then how far it has come since beginning with HTML. It is a bustling and busy group, but the energy in anticipation for the Tech Expo is great!
Post-Tech Expo Update
We are proud of our students who participated in the Technology Expo and showcased the different sensors and projects they have worked on. Students displayed working temperature sensors, water sensors, programmable LED lights, and humidity sensors. They represented themselves and our school well at this event.