As part of Hour of Code and National Computer Science Week, all elementary classes had a coding experience during the first two weeks in December 2018. These experiences included coding robots like Ozobots, Bee-bots, or Dash and Dot; exploring programming activities on www.code.org such as Minecraft, Dance Party, and Lightbot; or participating in unplugged coding activities. We are very of the fact that all of our classes are participating in this event!
Thanks to Diane Krupin, Enrichment Specialist; Adrien Kaye and Ryan Bridgwood, Elementary STEAM teachers; and Mary Hill, retired teacher, for planning and facilitating these experiences with all classes across our elementary schools.
The classroom teachers were very impressed with the coding the students completed and their positive attitudes about the coding and computer science. One student said, “This is the greatest lesson ever. I had to really think, but it paid off because I solved the challenges! I can’t wait to get home and continue working on it.”
Elementary Director of S.T.E.A.M, Dr. Carol Smyth said, “The Hour of Code complements the work students are doing with coding and robotics as part of our Elementary S.T.E.A.M program and demonstrates our commitment to engaging our students in S.T.E.A.M. learning and ensuring that students have meaningful opportunities to explore computer science.” She added, “These experiences really support the growth of our students as critical and creative thinkers and problem solvers!”
Article provided by Elementary Director of S.T.E.A.M, Dr. Carol Smyth
Photos by Dr. Carol Smyth, Shelly Newman, and Ms. Adrien Kaye
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