Computer Science Education Week is coming to a close tomorrow and we hope that everybody got to take part in some great Hour of Code experiences during this week! Coding is a skill that’s going to be extremely relevant for everybody in the future and something that all students need to experience from the onset of their education. And, yes, this includes girls. For whatever reason -- many of which we’ll get into later -- girls seem to lack the same interest boys have in STEM education, but it’s time for that to end and for all of us to help make coding appealing to every single student.
We don't care how. We just want to help teachers get kids coding. And what better time of the year to do so? We trust that everyone has been having a great CS Ed Week, but if you want to try some new things towards the end of it or carry it over into next week or even next year, we've got some suggestions for how you can do it. We're just full of suggestions for educators -- all year long. The hour is here. We're right in the thick of the annual Computer Science Education Week and so many great Hour of Code activities have already taken place. Coding is a vital skill for today's students to learn, but there's no best way to teach them. In fact, there are a number of innovative ways they can learn and a number of cool technologies they can use at ANY AGE!
The meeperBOT is an affordable, programmable, and LEGO-compatible robot recommended for kids aged five and up that features a simple design but packs some great capabilities. Kids can drive, program, and video their bot using three different drive modes and various command functions in the meeperBOT app, which is compatible with both Apple and Android devices. It’s really easy to use as it connects via Bluetooth to the app and requires just one 9V battery to power its rear dual-wheel motors. The meeperBOT is known to empower students to build inventions on their own using brick blocks to create a custom robot in any way they would like.
Everywhere teachers turn these days, it seems somebody is telling them about the importance of teaching their students coding. We won’t lie, either -- a lot of the time, that’s us. It’s true that coding is an incredibly important skill for today’s students to possess, but it is also one that they can begin developing very early on in their lives. Not all coding is complex coding. In fact, there are some languages that are designed specifically to serve as introductions to coding for students as young as five or six years old.
If you’re looking to incorporate hands-on play and inspire innovative thinking at an early age, you’re going to love Puzzlets! Puzzlets is a Bluetooth-enabled accessory for tablets or phones that kids can use to play games that teach things like coding, art, and math. It is designed for kids in K-2, aiming to help them explore logic, cause and effect, sequences, and more. It is low-tech, only requiring the play tray, programming pieces, and a compatible device (Android tablets and phones as well as Apple devices). A USB cord is included to charge the tray, and a quick start guide to get kids playing and learning instantly.