- Hour of Code 2015
- Dash and Dot to teach hands-on learning
- Robotics: Bloomfield Bash 2014
- STEM Expo 2013
Bringing Computer Science into the Elementary Classroom:
Dash and Dot to Teach Hands-on Learning
Dr. Heidi Kattula (Director, Learning Services, BHS) wrote a proposal last year to be a partner school with Wonder Workshop and receive free robots for elementary classrooms. A little over one year later, the robots have arrived!
Meet Dash (the explorer) and Dot (the storyteller) the latest in researched-based robots that are used to introduce elementary students to computer science.
Bloomfield Hills Schools received 10 (five sets) robots which will be piloted in three elementary classrooms over the next 3 semesters. (4th grade @ West Hills Middle School, Kindergarten @ Lone Pine Elementary, and K-4 English as Second Language classroom @ Conant and Way Elementary)
These robots made their debut in December during Hour of Code week with President Obama and will debut in Michigan during the first week of January. Only 20 schools across the United States were chosen to be partner schools with Wonder Workshop. Bloomfield Hills is the only partner school in the State of Michigan.
In Bloomfield Hills Schools, we strive to provide our students multiple opportunities to learn problem solving skills and apply their knowledge in STEM rich environments. Each school in our district provides numerous opportunities for students to engage in STEM and computer science related learning in multiple ways (i.e. CSTA computer science standards,FirstMove Chess, FIRST® Robotics, MinecrafteEDU, coding clubs, etc.) Through the use of Dash and Dot, students will learn the essential elements of computational thinking through play. Through a Blockly App (a drag-and-drop programming language), students will snap commands together like puzzle pieces. Some programs are already written for them while others will need to be created to have the robots perform more complex algorithms.
Computer science education requires students to think critically, use logic to plan complex tasks, communicate their thinking in a clear coherent manner, write algorithms to solve problems, and organize and make sense of data. The three lead teachers (Vinos Kassab (WHMS), Mike Maryanski (LP) and Vera Dedivonai (Conant)) are excited to integrate the robots into their students' learning environment to see the new learning their students will create and share.