Computer Science Explorations
Is a trimester course for grades 5 and 6. The course will explore Digital Media and Me, Computer Science + Robotics.
Digital Media and Me
Learners will leverage technology in creating images and videos while learning how to manage their digital presence and ethics, decision-making, and privacy. Learners will use a variety of software applications in the creation and compilation of their Digital Media eBooks. Learners will continue to add artifacts to their Digital Media Portfolio. (G Suite, Clips, Notes, Photoshop, Adobe Spark, Explain Everything, Padlet, etc…)
Basic Computer Programming
Learns will be introduced to block-based coding systems to begin to develop computational thinking and programming skills. Students may use CodeMonkey.com Coding Adventure using Durham Academy’s subscription. Another resource that will be used is CS First with Google. CS First uses Scratch to learn to code and create projects.
Robotics will be explored using Lego Spike Prime robots to learn how to build, code, and troubleshoot their autonomous robots in the performance of tasks and challenges. learners will create robots that move independently, use sensors, interact with each other, and interpret data. Learners will work in pairs to build collaborative and teamwork skills.