Robotic Wheelchair

Resource: High school students build robotic wheelchair for child. Use in the curriculum Hold a discussion about using technology to help others in need. Discussion prompts: The team who built this robotic wheelchair for this child first learned a lot about building things by entering robot competitions. Do you think Read more…

Swift Playground Day of Action Planned

Just a friendly reminder that the Swift Playgrounds “Day of Action” will be happening today, April 1, 2018 from 2PM to 5PM GMT. Byte is quite the character but he, along with the other Character instances, are coming under increased scrutiny due to their slovenly ways.  The character’s obsession with turning Read more…

Hello, Serendipity

In Computer Science class this week, we showed in class the video footage of the latest SpaceX Heavy rocket launch from Florida and had a class discussion on the role of technology in human space exploration.  (Link: Video of the SpaceX launch on our Inspirations page.) This launch was a Read more…

CS Inspirations

Much of computer science is learned by students outside the classroom.  Therefore, as computer science educators, it is perhaps at least as important for us to inspire, as it is to teach. We are compiling a list of classroom resources that can be used to inspire thought, imagination and discussion Read more…

On Being Byte

Our students had a particularly challenging homework assignment this week: Corners of the World in the Learn to Code 2 Collection. We all succeeded in getting Byte to complete the activity, but the code was not the most elegant in many cases.  When we convened on Tuesday, we decided to Read more…

Haiku Playground Challenge

Learning objectives:   Working with Strings – concatenation Working with 1-D arrays – accessing elements, count Multidimensional arrays – 2D- and 3D-arrays, accessing elements, count Traversing arrays – for-loops and nested-loops Ragged- or jagged-arrays;  definition, applications and using loops to traverse jagged arrays Random numbers Summary: Students are lead through Read more…