My students need beginning Coding materials: Dash, Code-a-Pillar, and First Coding books.
This project expired on July 8, 2018.
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My kindergarten class typically works for part of the day at hands-on learning centers that integrate all subject areas. These activities and centers tap into my students' natural curiosity and give ample opportunities for them to be active participants in their own learning.
Each day is a new opportunity to make an impact on their lives - to inspire and drive their desire to learn.
In our district, we know many of our students overcome significant obstacles to pursue their education.
Despite those obstacles, our students arrive in the classroom ready for discovery. These students are inspiring learners.
Today's technology is so advanced, it's actually become simple enough for kindergarten and first-grade students to learn computer programming and be successful with it.
The Code-a-pillar and Dash will help introduce beginning coding concepts.
The books will help build a foundation through read-alouds.
In the STEAM lab, students will simply use the toy segments to create various versions of the maze. They can keep rearranging the parts, making the robot mouse behave differently with each iteration. The child has instant feedback with light, sound, and motion, all which are highly motivating to them.
Teaching concepts such as direction, cause and effect, and trial and error, my youngest students will code without even knowing they are doing it! If the mouse doesn't "get the cheese" as the child expected, he or she can learn from their mistakes and rearrange the grid, walls, and tunnel pieces and try again, and again, and again! This set can even be programmed at different speeds!
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