We are learning how to use technology to explore the world, to think critically, to expand our vocabulary, to create and present ideas in an innovative way! We will start with coding using computer science to collaborate with others and develop our problem-solving skills!
In this course students will learn all about computers including programming, algorithms, debugging, loops, and functions! You can help your child at home by downloading the app KODABLE. Each student has a personalized account. We are currently working on Scratch Jr!!! We are using the new program to create digital stories.
Students are creating programs with loops, events, and conditionals. They have just started working on code.org and it has been amazing! Students have received their individualized account information cards so they can work on that at home as well. We are also learning to work as learning teams utilizing the engineering design process: ask, imagine, plan, create, improve.
We are conducting an environmental study to found out what is the best way to make our school courtyard an inviting and usable place for our school community. Students have created their engineering firms and are starting the process of designing the space based on our findings about the soil conditions, location, available space, and needs of the community.
We have been working on Kodable 2.0 and lightbot. Through this apps students are learning the importance of computer programming. In addition to the basic skills, we are working on functions. It is not all coding, we use a variety of stations to explore the concept of balance through engineering. Check it out:
On coding we are learning to use algorithms, nested loops, while loops, conditionals, and events in different situations enhancing our problem-solving skills. Also this quarter we are investigating the concepts of perimeter and area. Our goal is to apply these concepts to find out how big the school soccer field is in order to make improvements on that such as adding new soil and reseeding. Students will share their findings with school administration and PTA using a variety of media sources.
Students create programs with different kinds of loops, events, functions, and conditionals. They will also investigate different problem-solving techniques and discuss societal impacts of computing and the internet. In the second part of this course students design and create a capstone project they can share. Also, students created their learning teams to design and build a vehicle that can safely transport a group of first responders to areas impacted by natural disasters and rescue people and deliver supplies. This project is an extension on Weather Systems and Forces & Motion science units. Students are working on their vehicles and presentations to share their results with a group of engineers.