Coding at Washington Elementary
This is eight-week after-school enrichment program is a collaboration between PasadenaLEARNs and Washington STEM.
This is an entry level class for computer science. Students learn concepts with block coding and are also introduced to syntax programming. CODE.org is used to introduce coding elements such as loops, conditionals, strings, algorithm, debugging and variables. After these basic concepts are covered with CODE.org, students are introduced to block coding with SCRATCHMIT.edu. This block coding web-based program teaches visual coding without the use of syntax. Scratch promotes connectivity by encouraging users to learn from others through Scratch. Consequently, students are connected with others through a digital collective-wisdom project-driven interaction. Scratch users learn to think by creating projects by passively or actively engaging others with project driven learning. Students start by creating a simple maze, graduate to making a PACMAN game and finish the year with a more complicated STEVE game. Everyone is involved in the annual global event "The Hour of Code" organized by CODE.org to promote computer science in all grade levels.
Students meet in room B11 on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3 to 4 PM starting on August 29, 2016.