And of course, a special thanks to the SMCOE STEM program for teaching us how to program BYOB/WeDo and so many more programming skills.
Also, thanks El Crystal STEM for the loan of additional WeDo and MindStorm Kits.
Thanks San Bruno Education for the donation of the Lego WeDo Kits!
At Parkside Middle School we are working to bring programming opportunities to our students. Mitch Resnick from MIT believes that…”when you learn to read, you can then read to learn. And it’s the same thing with coding: If you learn to code, you can code to learn.” This shift in thinking about “Digital Natives” has caused coding to be considered an essential part of our school curriculum. Students will focus on the three key components of a successful program: problem solving, teamwork, and basic programming skills.
Our curriculum helps students become familiar with the various versions of visual programming - Scratch, SNAP/BYOB (Build Your Own Blocks) and the programming involved with running Lego WeDo robots using MacBook Pros. Students can also work on projects using Alice, Aris Gaming, Khan Academy Program, CodeAcademy, and App Inventor for Android. We are also planning on expanding to include Lego MindStorm Robotics and Raspberry PI.