Minecraft at the VIBE.

Two different computer based games were engaging our students and visitors alike: Minecraft and Code Combat.

The first session was Minecraft.

                                                                                                                                                                               The second session was Code Combat.

 

Using Merge Cube with Year 5

The brief is to teach Science, the subject, the Solar System. So far we have worked on the International Space Station – having a go at the Minecraft Challenge to design a new module, watching Commander Chris Hadfield  as he cleans his teeth, goes to bed and eventually comes back to earth with a thud and eventually holding the whole universe in our hand courtesy of the Merge Cube.

It’s been a steep learning curve this term for all of us!

Digital Innovation and Smart Agriculture Festival – Hamilton 21-24 May 2019

Last Thursday a group of College staff participated in the inaugural DISA event, run by the Shire of Southern Grampians. It was a first in so many ways, but led by the fearless Mrs Alana Brown, we put together a plan and negotiated our space and our presentation to demonstrate that we are one school from Early Learning through to VCE.

The event allowed us to demonstrate the work we do in classrooms in terms of coding, working in online environments, collaborating and creating.  It was a huge logistical exercise and we realised, yet again, how lucky we are to have proficient and learning focused technical support from Mr Mitchell Clode and Mr Ian Cook.

These are the things we shared:

Mr Cook helping to set up the virtual reality activity
Evie modelling the activity with a virtual unicorn
Is it really on Hattie’s hand?
Katie and George modelling spheros; Ned and Charlie on MinecraftEDU
A view of our stand
A better view of MinecraftEDU on the big screen
Hi 5 Mr Mirtschin!
Angus and his vehicle
Spot the Old Collegian in the background!
Jock presents studying with RIST while still at school
Codeapillars – used by our Early learning students to demonstrate how different codes change the outcome
Visitors engrossed in 3D printing (including Grade 4 work) and an electronic challenge faced by year 9 and 10 students last year
Showing visitors how to direct spheros
Jock studies with RIST and last year Grade 4 blogged about their work at RIST with the @Lams project

For a different perspective, this” is from Dougal in Grade 5 (brother of Ned mentioned above):

“How lucky were we! Charlie Hawthorne and I attended the Digital Technologies Hub as students presenting on behalf of the Hamilton and Alexandra College Junior School on Thursday last week. It was a great experience, something I certainly will not forget in a hurry.  There were many stalls showcasing technology which included virtual reality and game designing.  My personal highlight was definitely the drones.  Deakin University had a stall where you got to fly the drones through an obstacle course. If you were skilled enough to complete the course you won a prize – a reusable coffee cup or a drink bottle.  We proudly demonstrated the great work that we have been doing in Minecraft and the many different ways that it can be used in the classroom. We all created models and were lucky enough to see them come to life through a 3D printer. I would like to thank Mr Mirtschin and Mrs Simkin for giving us this awesome opportunity and Mrs Brown for taking photos and organising everyone.”

Dougal W Year 5