It has been interesting to watch the journey of our Year 9 IST students as they have explored coding through the use of the Makeblock robots. Prior to this unit the students had done a little preliminary work with Scratch so working with the Makeblock resources was a natural progression.
This week the College is hosting an Art and Design Exhibition in conjunction with Waverley College. Both the Art and TAS Departments are showcasing the very best from both Colleges and last night’s opening was a huge success.
One of the displays on show was a coding demonstration using an mBot Ranger. This is one of the more advanced Makeblock robots allowing the more advanced students to do more than just the basic coding operations.
The display was run by Janice, one of our Year 9 students, who created her own obstacle course and then programmed the mBot Ranger to successfully navigate the course.
The development in Janice’s coding skills has been accelerated through her involvement in the exhibition. It reinforces that we learn on a ‘need to know’ basis. The fact Janice had to take her coding skills to a higher level through running the exhibit is evidence of the need to constantly be exposing students to meaningful learning experiences.