Category: event

Hour of Code 2018

Hour of Code is an annual event for schools organised by Code.org, a group that seeks to promote coding around the world, particularly supporting women and minorities. Typically, Hour of Code takes place in the first week of December, but the 200+ activities are available to explore anytime. It could be a good opportunity for you to increase the amount of coding you include in your teaching, or just to have options for fun end-of-year activities.

If you are interested in exploring Hour of Code with your students, we recommend you:

  • Have a group discussion about which students are interested in coding and what they may know already – perhaps skilled students could lead novice students
  • Take a look over the HoC activities library and offer students some choice about what/how they wish to learn
  • Consider incorporating robotics such as Edison (UES), MangoBot (LES) and Lego Mindstorms (UES-HS) either in-class or in the design lab(s)
  • Talk to anyone in Ed Tech for more specific ideas linked to your units

Outside of the Code.org library, there are other ways to explore coding with your students, including:

Happy coding and let us know if you would like any help or suggestions!

Sam

Innovation Day – ArtBot Design Workshop

Last month, ISB hosted the first ever Innovation Expo.  It was a super successful event inviting anyone in Beijing to come and learn more about the great innovation going on at ISB.

It was an opportunity to see student work and there were many hands-on spaces for kids to tinker, play, create and design.

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For this first workshop, I ran a design challenge workshop where kids had the challenge of creating an artbot that made original art.  It was a simple enough task for younger students but allowed for a lot of tinkering and iterations for more refined art and change in design.

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