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"Lighting the Sky with Raspberry Pi", Connected, level 2, November 2018

14 November 2018

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Students at Fernridge School have created a digital light display for Matariki using Raspberry Pi computers.

You can find the article and the teaching notes here: Lighting the Sky with Raspberry Pi, Connected, level 2, November 2018

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Discussion questions

These could include:

  • What are the components for these different lighting systems?
  • What are the inputs and the outputs for these lighting systems?
  • How does the lighting system transform an input into an output?  
  • To make the LED lights flash the students had to programme the Raspberry Pi. What were some of the simple step-by-step instructions developed for this task? What debugging did they have to do on the program to make sure that the lights lit up in a sequence?
Component Indicator Level
Technological systems
  • identify the components of a technological system and how they are connected
  • identify the input/s and output/s of particular technological systems
  • identify that a system transforms an input to an output
Technological area Progress outcome
Computational thinking for digital technologies PO1: In authentic contexts and taking account of end-users, students use their decomposition skills to break down simple non-computerised tasks into precise, unambiguous, step-by-step instructions (algorithmic thinking). They give these instructions, identify any errors in them as they are followed, and correct them (simple debugging).

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