Several weeks ago, two of our upper school teachers invited me to join them in celebrating Computer Science Education Week’s Hour of Code. After adding a teacher from Middle School and participating in some fun brainstorming sessions, we’ve come up with several exciting activities to encourage ALL ages that they can code!
First, what is Hour of Code?
- From Code.org – The Hour of Code is an opportunity for every student to try Computer Science for one hour during the week of Dec. 9-13 (Computer Science Education Week).
We have chosen Wednesday, December 11 to have our “Hour of Code” Day. Here is a look at what we’ll be doing.
Lower School will be coming to the lab for 15 minutes of coding either using apps on our iPad minis or online programs.
Kindergarten and first graders will be using:
Free & paid versions
Free & paid versions
Both are fun ways for younger children to understand how putting instructions together causes something to happen.
Second graders will use the above apps along with:
|Daisy the Dino
Daisy the Dinosaur guides children to drag command blocks to the program area to make the dinosaur perform a task.
Third graders will be coding an Angry Bird puzzle.
The puzzle was specifically designed for Hour of Code and can be done on the iPad or on a computer.
Fourth grade moves to Hopscotch and Cargo Bot.
Hopscotch is created by the same people who designed Daisy the Dinosaur. It’s the “next step up” and is definitely more challenging and it provides the opportunity for students to use a variety of coding blocks.
Cargo Bot has the user drag coding tools to program the robot to move boxes. Sound easy?? Not necessarily, as the user moves through each level that grows progressively more difficult.
I’ve collected some other resources to encourage students to code beyond our short time together. You can find these on my Coding webpage.
We are extremely excited to have our coaches participating. They will be doing the Traveling Circuits cup-stacking activity with grades K – 6. The goal of this off-line activity is to highlight programming techniques as they instruct their “robot” to build a specific cup stack using only six symbols.
Our older students will be participating as well. A middle school math instructor will hold coding sessions for fifth and sixth graders. Technology labs will be staffed by computer science students and instructors to aid new coders as they drop in throughout the day.
During our lunch periods, middle and high school students will be coding as the output is projected on a large screen in the cafeteria. The coder will sit on the “Throne of Code” and wear the Coding Crown.
Throne of Code (and crown)
We’re looking forward to an exciting day!