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Lessons in Coding, STEM

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Schools throughout the district offered students in every grade level the opportunity to experience the world of coding through a variety of hands-on STEM-based activities in conjunction with the international Hour of Code project.

At R.C. Murphy and P.J. Gelinas Junior high schools, students worked with school library media specialists Betsy Knox and Nicole Connelly on a number of technology-based centers. They experienced distant places using virtual reality goggles, learned to program small robots calls ozobots using paper and colored markers, engineered projects using light-emitting diode lights, explored snap circuits and mastered the art of building objects using duct tape. They also used their collaborative learning skills to complete a “break out challenge,” which called for them to try to decode clues to unlock a box.

Ward Melville High School students learned introductory coding with the help of librarian Dr. April Hatcher using the website They learned to program various interactive games, manipulating an object on the screen through a series of challenges and create artistic pieces by coding linear moves on the screen. They also learned about the science and engineering behind a variety of simple technologies by taking them apart and troubleshooting solutions to correct their defaults.

Monday, May 25, 2020   |  District Home