This Week at STEM: Coding Week Block 3 2018/2019

This week we focused on coding!

 

To start the day, our instant challenge was an unplugged coding challenge.  We worked in groups of 3, with 2 coders and 1 robot; the two coders wrote a “code” for their robot to help them complete a task.  Here are a couple of examples of tasks our robots had to do:

 

This week’s successful learner trait is:

Then we learned a little bit about binary numbers and how they work.  We watched this video:

We made a Flippy Do to help us read binary numbers.

After that we learned what ASCII code is.  ASCII stands for American Standard Code for Information Interchange.  It converts 128 English characters into Base 10 and Binary numbers.  We used an ASCII table to write our full names! Here’s the table we used:

For the rest of the afternoon, we had choices for different coding centres:

  • LightBot: moving a robot through a maze to help learn coding techniques
  • Hopscotch: creating and editing games and step-by-step tutorials on coding
  • Scratch: learning coding through a variety of projects, including but not limited to games
  • Code.org: learning coding through a variety of projects, including but not limited to games
  • Hourofcode.com: learning coding through a variety of projects, including but not limited to games
  • MicroBits: creating a variety of different projects, including but not limited to: patterns, step-counters, games etc.
  • Makey-Makey: using circuit boards to create external controls for self-created games
  • Sphero: Coding a Sphero to complete a variety of different tasks

 

Next week is Virtual Reality!  We can’t wait to share all the amazing things we do!

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