Thursday, December 7, 2017

Dash and Dot at Tompkins Elementary School

Well, this week has been a little crazy!  We double dipped today to finish our Dash and Dot adventure with the third grade at Tompkins Elementary School and to also started our Hour of Code program at Golden Hills.  First, let me tell you about the Dash and Dot events!

We visited all five third grade classrooms at Tompkins to teach the students about programming, algorithms and sequential logic.  The students were broken up into small groups (about 6 to a Dash) to attempt to "rescue" Dot from a "cage" made of opaque plastic cups.  Some of the classes had experience with Dash and some didn't, so we varied the complexity by either having them use sensors to find the opening in the cage or we focused on learning about measurement and units and had them use hard programmed distances.

We really enjoy getting out to the schools to help with programs like these because it gets students engaged in STEM. These programs serve as stepping stones that lead up to pursuing a career in STEM by getting students interested and having different challenges for them as they grow in their education.

Thank you to all the team members who were at the schools this week! You guys are awesome!


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