The CAS regional centre at Plymouth, hosted "The Iron Man Project" at the start of February. This is a cross curricular project around the BBC microbit aimed at primary schools. It was attended by thirteen teachers from across the South West region. The project is based upon the book – Iron Man by Ted Hughes which is a science fiction novel.
The Iron Man was built, from old cereal boxes, giving him eyes from bottle tops, foil for a mouth and even painting the Iron Man, a real opportunity for creativity. The Iron Man model was then attached to the buggy. This then led to filming and creating an Iron Man movie with voice over. There was also the opportunity to then present the video to the class and discuss challenges and positives in doing the project.
To talk to other teachers about their experiences around the Iron Man project please follow the following thread on the CAS website - https://community.computingatschool.org.uk/forums/1/topics/8446 or the Facebook group – Iron Man Plymouth. Resources to run the Iron Man project are available here - http://community.computingatschool.org.uk/resources/4991/single
The whole day activity was thoroughly enjoyed by teachers who attended and below are some quotes from teachers:
"Many thanks for a brilliant and informative session yesterday, I am really glad I attended".
Bill Harvey, teacher and CAS Hub leader, Braunton, Devon
"Thanks for organising Friday’s Iron Man training. Was a really useful and productive day".
Siobhan Morgan, CAS Master Teacher, Exeter, Devon
"Thanks so much for the invite to attend the event at Plymouth, I really enjoyed it. It was great to chat to others in education about how best to run this Scheme of Work as it will inform how we want to do this up in our area, once we have our CAS hub up and running".
Richard, School Governor, Bude