On 17 January the members of the Drone Group learned how to fly drones and the uses of Drones in real life situations.
Firstly Mr.Nicolas taught us the real life uses of drones. Some of the uses were rescuing humans and using drones in warfare, but the most important reason was REPLACING HUMANS, so there would be less human casualties. Then Mr.Nicolas taught us how to fly drones, not with joysticks but code. An important lesson he taught us was: Drones do not make mistakes, but you do. So, if we did not give the right code, it would not work, even thought if you shout at your drone.
We learned about the basic blocks, like flips, taking off, landing, moving forward, turning left and right. Then Sir started flying the drones and it was not working, we were scared and confused, but mostly scared. We realised there was a malfunction with the Drone, and when we changed it, it worked. When we saw the drone flipping we were amazed.
After that we got to experiment with the drones ourselves. When we flew the drones, we were experts. I am not trying to brag. The problem we faced was the drones not pairing and malfunctioning.
We got a little project about flying the drones through obstacles. Even though we were experts, it was impossible! We were frustrated on how sometimes the drones would not pair. We could not do it, so we had to rearrange the course to make it a little easier. Then after maybe 101 tries someone finally did it, but sadly I could not get the video of us finally doing it. We really enjoyed the project, although we were frustrated
After our well-deserved break, we went to teach grade one about drones. I heard some people in the class saying ahhh, it is going to be soooooo boring. When we reached, we had absolutely no idea what to do, so we got prompted by our teachers on what to do. First we asked grade one if they knew anything about drones or their real life use. No response. Once their teacher encouraged them to answer, they gave us really good responses. But when we asked about their real life uses, they gave the same answers as us. Neither the grade one nor we did give the true answer which was REPLACING HUMANS.
Next we showed them some tricks with the drones and they were AMAZED! So then we taught the grade one’s how to fly the drones and how to use the code. After that we let the grade one’s fly the drones and they were good at it. We gave them a challenge, to fly the drone to help people, NOT IN REAL LIFE, but with the toys they had. They found it hard, but at the end, they did it, and they even were showing off.
As the end of the longest day of the school year was coming to an end, we had some time for reflecting. We had two reflecting tasks: making a reflection on Explain Everything and in our journals. At the end we had a lot of fun.