Maplin Bus

We welcomed the Maplin Technology Bus to Charleston Academy on Thursday. Pupils in S3 were able to visit the bus during the day. Outside, Maplin had a display of various radio control equipment which the pupils were able to try out including a self balancing robot which could carry objects on a tray while following pupils around.

One of the highlights was the appearance of a top-of-the-range Phantom Drone. Despite the strong wind, we managed two successful take offs during breaks in the weather and pupils were entertained by the amazing control and manoeuvrability of the quadcopter, which ascended to heights above the school. We will have the footage on You-Tube soon.

Downstairs on the bus the pupils were able to see a range of equipment which can allow people to control their home remotely.  Heating, lighting and electrical sockets could be controlled from anywhere in the world using a mobile phone.

Upstairs there were various activities for the pupils to interact with including 3Doodle pens for creating 3D sculptures and  a Raspberry Pi controlled robotic arm.  One of the most popular activities with the pupils was the 3D scanner. Some S3 girls loved scanning their head into the computer and giving themselves a virtual makeover.   The most popular activity was  trying out the “Makey Makey” kit which had been set up in such a way that pupils could play a virtual piano using real bananas instead of keys.

Trevor White Manager of Maplin Inverness handed over a generous donation of four Raspberry Pi kits including a range of sensors, Pi cameras and a 24” HDMI monitor.  These will be used in the first instance to help make progress with our on-going Space Mission weather balloon project before being used in other curricular and extra-curricular projects.

We are really grateful to Trevor and all at Maplin for working with us, for the donation of equipment, and for making the day a great success.

Mr Duncan Dyker, PT Computing / Mr Brendan McMahon, PT Business Education

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