Rosehill Rockets Problem Solve with Robots in Hour of Code

Rosehill Rockets Problem Solve with Robots in Hour of Code
Shawnee Mission School District

Isaac Wright, a sixth-grader at Rosehill Elementary School, loves to code.

This may be one of his favorite weeks of the year as his school joins millions of students from 180 countries around the world participating in the Hour of Code. Hour of Code takes place during Computer Science Education Week in December. It is a worldwide effort designed to help celebrate computer science and the problem-solving, logic, and creativity skills students gain by learning code.

“I just like how literally coding can connect to everything,” Wright said. “It’s pretty cool.”

Wright, who said he may want to be a game designer one day, and his peers participated in coding as part of 6th grade integrated math. On Dec. 9, students in-person and learning remotely joined Kim Mann, Title I math teacher, on Hour of Code activities and coding Dash robots. Using these robots, students write code to get a robot to move and interact with its surroundings.

Earlier in the week, Mann connected students to a virtual chat with Carson Weber, a coder who works on webpages in San Antonio, Tex. He talked to students about how he uses coding in his career to help students get a better idea of potential college and career opportunities.

Mann often incorporates coding into the student experience at Rosehill. As someone who teaches math, she said coding skill reinforces what she works to teach students about math.

“My favorite thing about coding is that students don’t give up,” Mann shared. “They have incentive to make sure the robot works. I want them to keep going all of the time and this helps them practice.” 

Rosehill staff provided a document to families that included websites and resources to help students explore coding throughout this week.

“Hopefully next year we will be able to code and celebrate together again,” the document noted.