• March 16-27, 2020

    Lesson 4

    This lesson introduces students to while loops and if / else statements. While loops are loops that continue to repeat commands as long as a condition is true. While loops are used when the programmer doesn't know the exact number of times the commands need to be repeated, but the programmer does know what condition needs to be true in order for the loop to continue looping. If / Else statements offer flexibility in programming by running entire sections of code only if something is true, otherwise it runs something else.

  • March 16-27, 2020

    Lesson 5/6

    In this lesson, students will learn about the two concepts at the heart of Sprite Lab: sprites and behaviors. Sprites are characters or objects on the screen that students can move, change, and manipulate. Behaviors are actions that sprites will take continuously until they are stopped.

  • March 30 - April 10, 2020

    Lesson 7

    This lesson features Sprite Lab, a platform where students can create their own interactive animations and games. In addition to behaviors, today students will incorporate user input as events to create an "alien dance party".

  • March 30 - April 10, 2020

    Lesson 8/9

    By creating an interactive poster with SpriteLab, students will apply their understanding of sharing personal and private information on the web.

     

  • April 13, 2020

    Lesson 9

    By creating an interactive poster with SpriteLab, students will apply their understanding of sharing personal and private information on the web.

  • April 20, 2020

    Lesson 10

    In this lesson, students will learn about accessibility and the value of empathy through brainstorming and designing accessible solutions for hypothetical apps.

  • April 27, 2020

    Lesson 11

    In this online activity, students will have the opportunity to push their understanding of loops to a whole new level. Playing with the Bee and Plants vs Zombies, students will learn how to program a loop to be inside of another loop. They will also be encouraged to figure out how little changes in either loop will affect their program when they click Run.

  • May 4, 2020

    Lesson 12

    Students will create intricate designs using Artist in today's set of puzzles. By continuing to practice nested loops with new goals, students will see more uses of loops in general. This set of puzzles also offers a lot more potential for creativity with an opportunity for students to create their own design at the end of the stage.

  • May 11th

    Lesson 13

    Now that students know how to layer their loops, they can create so many beautiful things. This lesson will take students through a series of exercises to help them create their own portfolio-ready images using Anna and Elsa's excellent ice-skating skills!

  • May 18th

    Lesson 14

    One of the most magnificent structures in the computer science world is the function. Functions (sometimes called procedures) are mini programs that you can use over and over inside of your bigger program. This lesson will help students intuitively understand why combining chunks of code into functions can be such a helpful practice.

  • May 25th

    Lesson 15

    Students will begin to understand how functions can be helpful in this fun and interactive Minecraft adventure!

  • June 1st

    Lesson 16

    Students have practiced creating impressive designs in Artist and navigating mazes in Bee, but today they will use functions to harvest crops in Harvester. This lesson will push students to use functions in the new ways by combining them with whileloops and if / else statements.

  • June 8th

    Lesson 17

    Students will be introduced to using functions with the Artist. Magnificent images will be created and modified. For more complicated patterns, students will learn about nesting functions by calling one function from inside another.

  • June 15th 

    Lesson 18

    The next four lessons provide an opportunity for students to put their coding skills to use in a capstone project. This project will help individuals gain experience with coding and produce an exemplar to share with peers and loved ones. Intended to be a multi-lesson or multi-week experience, students will spend time exploring brainstorming, learning about the design process, building, and presenting their final work. In the explore stage, students will play with pre-built examples of projects in both Artist and Sprite Lab for inspiration. Next, students will learn about the design process and how to implement it in their own projects. They will then be given the space to create their own project in Artist, Sprite Lab, or another interface that they have become familiar with (this is likely the longest stage of the project). Finally, students will be able to present their finished work to their peers.