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Programming & Robotics

Posted by ssweeney on September 30, 2015

Most people look at program as something that is difficult and unapproachable, but the reality is that many kids can now program before they can read.  Programming languages are the building blocks of the tools we use in today’s society.  These languages are imperative for understanding how our world works today.  To help our students understand more about the world around them and how the tools they use work, FDR is exploring what programming looks like at the various levels of learning for our students.  Through the use of apps, websites, and robots, our Digital Coaches will develop activities that integrate into the curriculum to support current learning objectives while also developing a new skill set for students.  To aid in developing this learning, we have invested in various resources for testing and reviewing.

To build excitement around this idea, the team will work to organize a Hour of Code activities for our students to engage with the idea of coding.

Computational Thinking Approach

To understand the approach to learning code, the Digital Coaches will develop their skill set through participating in the Computational Thinking Course for Educators developed by Google.

Online Programs for Coding

Code.org

Hour of Code

Tynker

Khan Academy Coding

Touch Development

Code School 

CAS Barefoot

Apps for Programming Skills

Move the Turtle

Cargo Bot

Hopscotch 

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Robotics

The following robots have been purchased for arrival in February 2016.  We are excited to explore the learning opportunities that these robots can offer to students for developing their skills with programming.  While we have been using Lego Mindstorm for an extended amount of time in our design classes and with a student club.  We will explore how these additional devices can help develop the skill set further through earlier introductions and exploring through more than one type of robotic programming.

Orbotix Ollie & Sphero 2.0

WowWee MiP

BeeBots

Dash & Dot

Lego Mindstorm