Thursday, April 9, 2020

Coding in District 35

Learning the fundamentals of coding can provide our children with practice in:

- Logical thinking
- Problem-solving
- Persistence
- Collaboration
- Communication

Consider those skills. Whether your child grows up to be a coding whiz or not, these skills translate to fundamental skills across any career.  Within District 35, we are pleased to provide all students with an intentional and progressive experience with coding.

During December, Kindergarten students programmed an astronaut landing on the moon on the app Scratch Jr. and our first graders logged into Puppy Adventure, where they had to code Pixel the Puppy to get home by following the path and avoiding obstacles.  Our second graders experienced coding with Kodable. The children learned to sequence commands, change parameters, and use simple to complex loops to solve problems.

West School students participated in the Hour of Code during Computer Science Education Week, December 9-13, 2019.  The Hour of Code is a global computer science initiative, designed to demystify “code” and show that anybody can learn the basics.  During library class, students worked in teams to create a maze for a coding robot.  Using a variety of apps, students coded their robot through the maze.  We had a great time collaborating and learning how to code!  Please click here for more coding resources.

During Hour of Code, the students at Central School participated in a Choose Your Own Adventure. 5th through 8th-grade students were given the opportunity to build websites, create databases and develop games and animations using many programming languages including HTML, Swift, JavaScript, Python, and SQL. Students also spent time reflecting on why computer programming is important, the professions outside of software engineering that use code and why programmers need empathy when working with code.  Within Central, there remain several ongoing opportunities for our students to engage in coding. Be sure to watch for the elective rotations in the Creativity Lab or the before school options with Spartan Tech Team.

Click here to learn more about the Hour of Code movement.