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. Students' cards for tracks 2, 3, and 4 were sent home September 17 and track 1 students will receive their personalized cards on October 1st. We are also working on patterns and description through our science stations. Pictures coming soon
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. In addition, we are using engineering skills to work on the concepts of balance versus movement. Check it out:
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.