Friday, December 7, 2018

Hour of Code

Hour of Code is a special event celebrated in over 180 countries all around the world (you can check out a map marking events here). The goal of the event is to increase people's interest in coding and computer science. Coding is a part of our curriculum in the lower school at CFS, but Hour of Code is still a special event since we devote an entire hour to coding.

In Sky class students participated in a 30 minute unplugged activity and a 30 minute activity on the iPad. The unplugged activity required students to set up a puzzle and then use hand signals to direct their 'human robot' to a desired location. Students had to work cooperatively to guide each other and had extensive chances to practice their listening and communication skills. There was a lot of productive struggle surrounding the restriction on verbal directions and taking the perspective of the 'human robot' (the programmer faced the robot).

During the plugged activity 1st years worked on Candy Crush in Tynker, while 2nd years worked on Lightbot and Dragon Quest in Tynker. Here are more hour of code activities from Tynker and from These are all great activities that your child can do at home. There are also several activities that are very appropriate for adults! Happy coding!