I wish I coded back in the day when I was in high school and one of my classmates tried to convince me that coding and programming was the wave of the future. Well, I didn’t bring my surfboard back in the late ‘70s and missed those enormous waves before the internet, smartphones, tablets, twitter and Snapchat!
Our hope here at Stone Ridge is that our girls will be regularly exposed to the many entry points, projects, and activities that involve coding in their tech classes so much so
that a percentage of them will change their ideas of what they’d like to do in high school, college, and beyond. Last week, we completed the Hour of Code school-wide week with the middle school choosing from a selection of activities found in code.org. It was clear from the tone and tenor of my classes that I actually need to find even more opportunities for them to tinker, experiment, and create with coding and programming. One of the most engaging coding activities our girls partook in was the robot rattle activity – link. Our girls used a visual coding program, Scratch, to plug in code to manipulate a virtual robot arm to move, lift, pick up and drop objects in a virtual space. Their ability to think creatively and understand that these actions are the building blocks to eventually program real robot arms, legs, may well be the thing that hooks them! Many
of our girls worked so hard that they forgot that class was over. I adjusted this week to extend the Hour of Code. Let’s see if I need to give them even more time to tinker when we get back from Christmas break!