Hour of Code

and a Mobile Makerspace at YES

Students have been busy coding this week in the YES library. Students learned about the history of the National Christmas Tree and coded the lights on the Indiana State Tree. In library Mix-It-Up students learned about coding without devices by creating commands for classmate "robots" to get through, making binary code with dot and number cards and learning about how computers store images by creating their own pixelated images on paper. After reading about a robot penguin and seeing it in action on video, students were ready to explore some fun coding apps and work at developing those problem solving and perseverance skills necessary to succeed at school and beyond. We hope students will continue coding at home...see below for some apps and ideas.


This is a great program for kids to learn basic coding. Kids learn to program their own stories, games, and animation. It was developed at MIT and is free! http://scratch.mit.edu

Frozen Coding

Yes, even the girls from Frozen are coding! Watch the video then program Anna and Elsa to make snowflakes on ice. http://studio.code.org/s/frozen/stage/1/puzzle/1

YES Library Mobile Makerspace

For the past several months we have been researching ways to start a makerspace in our school library. This would be an area within the library where students are free to explore materials and create. We've decided to start small by converting one of our library carts into a mobile makerspace. We are in need of some new or gently used donations (see the pictures below) to get our creating cart rolling! Thank you!

Stefanie Onieal/Literacy Media Specialist and Melia Ozbun/YES Library Aide

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