K - 3rd – In the younger grades we will be using the Dash & Dot robots to help students learn and investigate how a machine works and also how to program the robot for various tasks. Each class will have small break-out groups in each class where students will learn and also have different challenges to accomplish. Our goal is to spiral the curriculum so that by the time our current kindergarteners reach 3rd grade, we can challenge them with harder codes and more difficult challenges.

4th & 5th – In grades 4 and 5, students will be physically building a robot in groups of three. They will advance their fine motor skills using a screwdriver, wrench, and their hands. After the robots are built, students will learn the basics of programming and have different challenges that need to be completed. These robots will be controlled by their iPads and they will use block programming to continue and learn logical progression in coding. We will learn sequencing, how to use sounds and lights, loops, sensors, conditional programming, and variables.

6th - 8th – In the middle school, students will investigate robotics and programming during their technology class that occurs once a week. They will build in groups of three and then learn how to program the robot. These robots will be controlled by their iPads and they will use block programming to continue and learn logical progression in coding. We will learn sequencing, how to use sounds and lights, loops, sensors, conditional programming, and variables. The goal is that by the time our current 6th graders are in 8th grade we will advance enough to program in python.

 In all grade levels students will be working in pairs or threes to continue the importance of active learning. In today’s world working in teams is imperative and starting collaboration and problem solving in teams is essential.