Codologie Current Events

March 2019

On the Home Stretch!

Our 6th graders have really been putting all their skills to the test as they program hardware to interact, both with other pieces of hardware and with people. They've problem-solved how to make motors move like a ship on the water and how to hide wires inside the columns of a Roman Aqueduct so that LEDs could light up like the water flowing through it. (SMP 7: Look for and make use of structure; SEP 6: Designing Solutions)

On top of all that, they have to be collaborative, innovative, and diverse in engineering their dioramas, using materials as high-tech as 3D-printed objects or as creative as Rice Krispy Treats! (SMP 5: Use appropriate tools strategically)

Shout-Out to Teachers and Mentors!

The students aren't the only ones working hard! Teachers have been assisting both during Codologie and in their own classroom, especially with helping the students research their civilization. However, if you walked into Codologie, you might also see the teacher cutting cardboard, manning the hot glue gun, or helping teams work out their differences.

Our Codologie mentors, who are college students hired by Bytes and Bots to teach programming and engineering for us, also work hard to make sure the students understand enough to make their code and circuits correct, stable, and able to do what the students want them to. They even came to Ross STEAM night to support our students!

What's Next

April is all about showcases and judging! First, classes will invite visitors to enjoy their showcases. The following week, the teacher/mentor-chosen top 5 will give their presentation to judges (from our AESD staff). The judges will choose 1 finalist from each class. Those finalists will be invited to compete at Play Code Compete on Saturday, May 18.
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Above is the Single Track showcase schedule. Ponderosa's schedule is more spread out:

  • Thursday, 4/18 Mrs. Martin 8:20-9:25
  • Wednesday, 5/1 Ms. Vazquez 8:20-9:25
  • Thursday, 5/2 Mr. Gruber 8:20-9:25
  • Friday, 5/3 Ms. Pichardo 8:20-9:25
  • Tuesday, 5/7 Mrs. Crites 8:20-9:25

Feel free to come visit any of our Codologie showcases as well as Play Code Compete!

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Written by Heather Boling

Heather is AESD's Bytes & Bots Digital Learning Coach. This month, she has been finding judges for both the preliminary judging and for Play Code Compete. She has also been supporting mentors and teachers, conferencing with students regarding their presentations. In addition, she has been assisting in delivering instruction for Scratch and eSports and has been coaching staff on a variety of topics.