What happened when we asked year 5 kids to try tech journalism

We were only supposed to choose one competition winner but it was too hard

SenseMe cubes

Reviewed by Rosie, Year 5, Gillespie School

 

The SenseMe cubes were an amazing piece of technology! Anyone who loves coding will love this; and even people who don’t really know about coding, this is a great piece to use to get started.

The first thing you have to do is plug the cube into a laptop or computer and then you started really.

One of the best things about the SenseMe cubes was that they looked amazing and very high tech. I loved the way they were transparent and you could see all the electronics inside and the cube itself very light itself.

The next thing that I personally found awesome was that if you coded the cubes correctly, it would light up when you touch the cube! However, there is one small disappointment with this feature, and that is that sometimes the cube doesn’t light up and you have to touch it a few more times to get it to. Maybe if anyone makes something like this again they should make a very sensitive sensor for the piece of tech.

The last thing that is amazing about this is that you can make an animation on the cube in three different colours. The animation is running and it is a stick man. The one thing that could be improved about this feature is that the pixels are quite big and the animation itself is very basic. A student from Gillespie School, Year 5 made a quote about this feature ‘Amazing! But the pixels are a bit too large.’ And I do agree with that.

Overall I would say the SenseMe cubes are an exciting piece of technology and they are very fun.

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Editor Holly talking to pupils at Gillespie Primary School, pulling a totally normal face

Last year, we visited the awesomely forward-thinking Gillespie Primary School in Islington, where we spoke to year 5 about tech journalism and why we need lots of bright young minds to join the industry. You might remember the brilliant questions the students gave us – here’s Editor Holly answering some of them:

While we were there, we set the pupils a writing task – to have a go at being a real tech journalist and writing about a piece of technology they’re interested in. The students had a coding session with SenseMe cubes that day, so some of them wrote about that, and some talked about their favourite things in tech.

We promised to publish the best article on Gadgette, but they were all so good (seriously, we were amazed) that we’ve decided to publish three. Take it away Rosie, Milly, and Team Leila & Nimo:

Samsung and iPhone history, by Leila and Nimo, year 5

I’ve been hearing from my dad that iPhone and Samsung had an argument. IPhone said that Samsung looked exactly the same as them. They took this to court they yelled at each other for a while. Finally chip lutton showed a presentation of how Samsung looked exactly the same as iPhone.

Left: Samsung. Right: Apple.

I think that you should get the Samsung 6 edge because earlier on the news they said that the iPhone 6 bends when you put it in your pocket. Also the news are saying that apple sellers are selling I phone 6s for only £1. Which the public thought was not a good idea. My sister told me that androids can shutdown iPhones with a message. I was amazed because android has lots of apps running in the background. Also android has lots of adverts. My sister actually tried it on my brother because he has an iPhone and it worked.

Hour of Code, by Milly, year 5

When I took part in hour of code it was fun because I was making things move by coding, I have never done that until then. I was on my own doing hour of code then I was helping my friend Nimo. We went on Scratch which was fun because I was coding to make the cat move, and when it did I was happy because I learnt something new. I thought hour of coding was watching people write codes but to my surprise, it was about making technology.

Image: Code.org

I attempted Star Wars first. I had to make the robots kill the other enemy robots. To be honest I didn’t like the frozen one because I don’t like frozen, it was a bit hard but I did it anyway.

When Holly the tech journalist came to speak to us about her job it made me want to be a tech journalist as well. When I first saw her I thought she was a hairdresser because she had really nice hair. But then I found out she was a tech journalist which I thought was amazing. So I wanted to write about Hour of code. It is about trying out new things. When you just have a computer you make things move by pressing a button on the computer. I actually saw how to actually code to make things happen when you press a button. If u want to try hour of code look at code.org go check it out.

SenseMe cubes, reviewed by Rosie, Year 5

The SenseMe cubes were an amazing piece of technology! Anyone who loves coding will love this; and even people who don’t really know about coding, this is a great piece to use to get started.

The first thing you have to do is plug the cube into a laptop or computer and then you started really. One of the best things about the SenseMe cubes was that they looked amazing and very high tech. I loved the way they were transparent and you could see all the electronics inside and the cube itself very light itself.

Image: CodeMe.io

The next thing that I personally found awesome was that if you coded the cubes correctly, it would light up when you touch the cube! However, there is one small disappointment with this feature, and that is that sometimes the cube doesn’t light up and you have to touch it a few more times to get it to. Maybe if anyone makes something like this again they should make a very sensitive sensor for the piece of tech.

The last thing that is amazing about this is that you can make an animation on the cube in three different colours. The animation is running and it is a stick man. The one thing that could be improved about this feature is that the pixels are quite big and the animation itself is very basic. A student from Gillespie School, Year 5 made a quote about this feature ‘Amazing! But the pixels are a bit too large.’ And I do agree with that.

Overall I would say the SenseMe cubes are an exciting piece of technology and they are very fun.


Huge thanks again for Gillespie and the super-inspiring Carole Kenrick for having us in, and to the pupils of year 5 for letting us borrow their writing talents for Gadgette. The future of tech journalism is very bright indeed.