Monday, December 10, 2018:
Today, the Daily Hampshire Gazette published a photo essay highlighting the first ever 5th Grade Robot Week at Ryan Road Elementary School, which also coincided with International Hour of Code week. The Hour of Code takes place each year during Computer Science Education Week, held annually in recognition of the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (December 9, 1906). This year, Computer Science Education Week was held December 3-9, as part of a worldwide movement.
Ryan Road 5th graders completed a 5 day Robot Week training course culminating in leading a computer science & programing activity for 2nd and 3rd grade classes. During the week, students were introduced to the Ozobot robots and explored the capabilities of these machines, learned how to code using a block programming platform, and created a unique activity to share with a small group of 2nd or 3rd grade students.
Now that students are familiar with the robots and the programming language that controls their movements, teachers are dreaming up more ways to include the Ozobot in other subject areas!
But, the other schools were not left in the dust! Students at all four elementary buildings have been engaging in Robotics week. Filled with puzzle solving, thinking strategies and collaborative efforts, students worked together to understand the amazing world of robots!