CODING & ROBOTICS
Our Magnet theme is based on coding and robotics. We believe that all learners should have experiences in a variety of coding environments and with robots of varying complexity and capabilities. Learning to code a website is different than coding a game or in virtual reality. To that end we have developed this scope and sequence of coding and robotics experiences that allow our learners to develop coding skills across all grade levels.
ALL learners work in both the coding lab and robotics lab each week, thus ensuring that EVERY learner has these opportunities regardless of gender, ethnicity, or space availability.
These learners focus on basic coding skills such as sequence, loops, and events.
First grade learners solve puzzles on code.org. The drag-and-drop coding blocks makes it easy to put together simple algorithms. Through these puzzles learners also learn to investigate different problem-solving techniques and persist in the face of difficult tasks
These simple robots give learners the opportunity to practice sequence and loops. These basic commands form the foundation of any coding language.
Learners increase their understanding of block-based coding skills to include variables, animation, and music.
Scratch by MIT provides learners opportunities to independently code a variety of projects that include animations, games, and music. Learners use an expanded range of code blocks that snap together to make coding simple and logical.
These small robots have light sensors on the bottom that let them follow lines. They can be coded to perform complex moves using colored marker lines or block based coding.
Third grade learners step into the world of augmented and virtual reality and work with more complex robots capable of performing harder tasks.
Learners use CoSpaces, Merge Cubes, and Oculus Go headsets to explore the differences between 360 video, Augmented Reality, and Virtual Reality. They then use these tools to create their own virtual worlds.
Dash & Dot
Learners watch their virtual coding turn into tangible learning experiences in real time as Dash, with its performance and multiple sensors, interacts with and responds to its surroundings.
In fourth grade learners move from visual code blocks to text based coding. Learners either develop websites using HTML and CSS or work with Python, a popular coding language. Robots are even more complex and perform harder tasks.
The Codesters platform introduces learners to the syntax and logic of Python, a powerful and popular programming language used to create a variety of applications on the web.
With a striking LED matrix and advanced sensors, the Sphero BOLT robot provides endless opportunities to be creative and have fun while learning.
Fifth grade learners take on more complex coding skills working with professional game making software and complex autonomous robots.
Learners work with professional game making software Unreal Engine, the software used to make Fortnite. They learn world making skills as well as basic techniques to make interactive games.
LEGO Mindstorm EV3 robots are autonomous robots with a variety of sensors that learners code to help the robot respond to the world around it.