6th Grade wrapped up their SCRATCH Cards today.
7th and 8th grade created paddles for their Pong game. We talked about the coordinate plane and degrees in a circle. These basic math concepts help with smooth motion and collision detection in SCRATCH. Students were pumped to create user controlled paddles, there was a lot of excitement and frustration.
6th Grade recorded their first typing score. Some students are at 8 words per minute, some are at 30. Wow. They also signed up for SCRATCH. In a fit of genius I had them submit their usernames to me via a Google Form.
7th & 8th Grade will begin brainstorming for their Pong game. I like to have class guided rubrics on what is required and what is bonus for each project. Students will start by playing Pong to gain familiarity with the game. They will break into small groups to brainstorm ideas for the game. Then as a class we will determine what is required and what is extra. Their ideas, the process, and rubric can be found here.
6th grade will practice typing significantly more than 7th grade. Today we setup a Google Sheet to track scores. We talked briefly about cloud storage and formatting dates in spreadsheets.
7th and 8th grade wrapped up SCRATCH cards to prepare for their first project.
We're continuing our journey through the binary number systems in Computers class and a 6th grader sighs, "This is just like math."
7th and 8th grade students used the standard algorithm to add and multiply numbers in binary. It's crazy that it works just like adding and multiplying decimal numbers.
Days 1 and 2 have been a success.