Coding in Kindergarten
Throughout the first half of the year, kindergarten has been learning about coding. So far, all of the activities have been "unplugged", meaning they didn't use any technology.
Using what they had learned with Miss Lipinski in technology time kindergarten practiced their coding skills. They were challenged to write a code that would get the gingerbread person to its home while avoiding being eaten by the fox and picking up his penguin friend. They worked together using arrows to write the code then try it and fix any issues. It was fun and great practice with this skill.
"Plugged in" Coding
This week we did our first "plugged in" coding activity. The students were introduced to Bee Bots. These are small robots designed for young children to learn about coding. The kindergarteners explored the buttons on Bee Bots back to send him around a grid. They made interesting discoveries about what the buttons, forward, backward, left, right, did and how many times they needed to push them to get them to where they wanted to go. In our upcoming lessons we will work on using code cards to write code for a classmate to program into the BeeBot and to reach a certain point on the grid.