All the third graders spent over a month learning Scratch programming - a language developed by MIT. They learned how to create their own characters, backgrounds, sounds, etc. Then they took what they learned about biomes and created characters to tell their audience something about their different biomes. Part of the information was created the old fashion way on a poster board and some of it was displayed on a computer screen if you clicked the up, down, left or right arrow. Finally they connected the computers to Makey Makeys which turns everyday objects into a touchpad. So on the posterboards had metal strips such that when you touch them it initiated the computer programs the kids created. Below is an example. Holding the apple completes the circuit.
The proud coders got to display their work at the Art Extravaganza. Click to display larger photos.
My name is Anne Jarriel and I oversee the SteamWorks lab at Gullett Elementary. I'm blogging about what I see and lead in the STEAM lab which is mostly kids just having a great time!