CES students code, put problem-based learning skills to the test

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5th grader Miles and his classmates work through mapping code to their character’s movements from code.org programming.

In recent weeks, K-5 students at Circleville Elementary School have been participating in the National Hour of Code ™. According to ACMECorp.com, “National Hour of Code is a nationwide initiative by Computer Science Education Week (csedweek.org) and Code.org (code.org) to introduce millions of students to one hour of computer science and computer programming”.

With a tiered-ability approach to computer science lessons, students in grades 3rd-5th participated in the code.org program while students in grades kindergarten through 2nd learned to code with Kudo robots provided to the district last year through the Circleville City School Foundation. Kindergarten students also learned about parts of the computer and about the importance of balancing screen time wisely.

KUBO RobotsWith KUBO, students provide robots with directions to turn left or right, move forward and backward, loop or set a path on repeat, and navigate a number of obstacles right from their computer.

“Coding teaches students how to apply hat higher level of thinking to find real-world solutions,” said elementary librarian and Media Arts specialist Tammy Laughlin. “Students write multi-solution steps, work together, and learn from their mistakes by redesigning their solutions. This type of STEM related thinking aligns with our district project-based learning focus we have undertaken in recent years.”

With project-based learning, students “gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging, and complex question, problem, or challenge” according to the Buck Institute for Education.

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