Using ScratchJr (a programming tool on the iPad), the students learned how to create their own animations. They had to think about and plan how they wanted their animation to look and how their characters were going to act.
1st Grade-Rosie's Runtime
Rosie is a robotic dog (played by the students) who can only follow specific step-by-step directions to work through a maze. She must collect bones and jump the mud puddles before ending at her dog house. Teams used code cards, much the way computers are programmed, to lead Rosie through the maze.
2nd Grade-Repeating Rosie
Following the same rules as Rosie's Runtime, the students were introduced to writing algorithms to solve problems. This group implemented loops, when appropriate, to eliminate redundant directions.
3rd Grade-Rosie's Path
Following the same rules as Rosie's Runtime, and Repeating Rosie, the students were introduced to writing algorithms to solve problems. This group implemented loops, functions, and "if-when" statements, when appropriate, to eliminate redundant directions.
4th Grade-The Body's Computer
We began our final PLTW unit for the year: Input/Output-The Human Brain. In this cycle, the students learned about the regions of the brain and how each region relates to specific functions in the body. The students learned about the nervous system and neurons and how they connect and work with the brain.
5A & 5B-Introduction to Robots 2
To begin our new Robotics and Automation unit, the students explored different types of robots using nonfiction books. After choosing a robot, they answered a Google questionnaire and uploaded a drawing of the robot.
5C & 5D-Input, Processing, and Output
The students identified basic input and output devices in computer systems. With a team, students identified similarities between a computer system and a human body (input, processing, and output) by watching a short video about the anatomy of a computer and participating in a game called Pass the Input. The students recorded their observations in their STEAM Journals.
Welcome to the STEAM Studio Blog for Jamestown Upper & Lower Elementary Schools in Hudsonville, MI. Here you will find the latest projects and concepts we've been working on in class.
comes to Hudsonville with 17 years of teaching information and technology skills to elementary students. After earning a BA in Elementary Education at the University of Northern Iowa and a Master’s degree from the University of Iowa in 2000, she drew a circle on the map and chose Southwest Michigan.