In STEM, Advent first graders were introduced to the wonderful world of coding. Each class was separated into four groups with three to four people in each group. Their initial goal was to build small Lego models using rudimentary, picture-based directions and standard Legos.

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Next, they programmed their models to spin and make specific noises using the WeDo 2.0 Lego block programming language.  As they worked, they discovered that the movement was caused through a series of gears, a small motor (powered by the computer), and rubber bands. Placement of these items were key for their models to function properly. Last, they completed a “cause and effect” experiment that tested different gear/rubber band configurations.

The entire process challenged each group to collaborate with their teammates, communicate clearly, record their data, and solve problems.

Heather Holmes

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