Country Day School Students Celebrate Computer Science Education Week

Shady Side Academy Country Day School students in grades JPK-1 worked with Educational Technology Collaborator Kate Weber to complete hands-on, foundational activities to celebrate Computer Science Education Week in December 2021.

Students participating in a coding activity.

JPK students listened to a reading of A Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle and began to think critically about the progression of the caterpillar from one food to the next. This led to a study on algorithms and a chance to be a computer themselves, moving from one station to the next. They then experimented with Finch robots to create a caterpillar light show and dance to wrap up their caterpillar computer science study.

SPK students listened to a reading of We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and studied a map of the hunt from start to finish. They demonstrated their knowledge of algorithms by following a personalized bear hunt pattern, then took their skills to the iPads and coded Finch robots to follow a similar pattern.

Kindergarten students created an algorithmic pattern based on the book If You Take a Mouse to School by Laura Numeroff, and quickly moved to the Finch robots, testing their skills in creating their own programs and then running their robots through a color-changing maze.

First grade students completed a series of algorithms to get ready for the day every morning. Students practiced giving clear and specific instructions to their peers in order to mimic the algorithms a computer follows to complete a task. Then they used their skills to give directions to their Finch robot "mice" to follow a maze designed by their partner using blocks and some "cheesy" rewards.

Great work, Country Day!

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