Tools for Computational Thinking

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  • My Class Needs Sphero Robots to make programming fun!

    Launched October 16th, 2017 Project Deadline January 30th, 2018
    Classroom Size 30 Students School Size 1511 Students

    My Students

    Computer programming has become a very important concept for the students of today. I have taught computational thinking and programming concepts to students from grades 8 through 12. One key aspect that has been missing from their learning has been the experiential piece that hands on, programmable robots (such as Sphero) can give them. To see their code work immediately in the physical world is very rewarding and I hope it will be a good gateway to more challenging text-based programming.

    How will this project impact them?

    I intend to have students program Sphero robots to solve a series of problems in their physical environment. There are many ways students can approach the problems and will most likely be working in teams so this will be an engaging activity that will weave multiple core competencies of our new curriculum, including critical thinking and communication. Teamwork in this setting also allows students to have shared success. Students will use experiential learning to find a solution to the problem. Once students have mastered the foundations of programming concepts through the fun and engaging Sphero, they will be able to apply this to future lessons. I would also like to showcase the Sphero robots during Computer Science Education week to promote STEM learning.

  • Where the $1056.73 goes


    Sphero SPRK+ Robotic Ball

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    Provincial and Federal Taxes $90.00
    Fulfillment Materials * $45.00
    3rd Party Payment Processing Fee ** $13.27
    Project cost excluding donation to support $898.22
    Optional donation to support *** $158.51
    Project cost including donation to support $1,056.73
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by Mr. Powell

Hello, I’m Mr. Nathanael Powell. I am a computer and media arts educator in Surrey, British Columbia. I have several passions including movies and video games, two things which I also love to teach. I do a game-design unit in my ICT classes and I am the video teacher at the school...

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