East Vincent's fifth and sixth graders will be taking their programming skills to the next level using Scratch
They will work independently or in teams of up to three students to
code their own computer-based interactive game. Students may choose to
enter the 2015 East Vincent Scratch Programming contest. The team of
judges will select the most creative, fun, and innovative game as the
"Scratch is a free educational programming language that was
developed by a group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with
over 4 million registered users. (Scratch Wiki)"
Our 5th and 6th graders may also choose to complete the Minecraft or Starwars tutorials (see above). Students who want an extra challenge and have several years experience with the Hour of Code are encouraged to try the Star Wars tutorial in Java Script!
Kick-off Coding Classes
This year, our academic coach, Mrs. Sarkar, and our gifted support teacher, Miss Mitton, will be co-teaching a Kick-off Coding Class with the classroom teachers. Some grades will be doing unplugged programming activities to further explore the world of computational thinking. Other grades will be completed guided online programming activities in preparation for the 2015 Scratch Programming Contest. Check back soon for more information!
Daily Announcement and Knowledge Contests
Each day during the Hour
of Code, East Vincent students will read programming related PSAs
during the morning announcements. This will include a question of the
day. Students building-wide will be invited to enter their answers to
the question by placing their slip of paper in the Code box in the main
lobby. Each day, one winner (selected at random from those who submit a
correct answer) will be announced, and the clever student will receive a
6th Grade Mentors
Our sixth grade students
will once again be mentoring in the younger classes. Last year, they
did an excellent job explaining the activities to the students, working
side-by-side to lead younger learners through the problem solving
process, and providing positive encouragement to all. We are looking
forward to their assistance again this year!