Century School second graders spent time during the third trimester exploring computer science and coding.

According to teacher Kristen Poehler, they used a variety of tools, including Scratch Jr., code.org, Osmo Coding and Wonder Dash Robots.

“One of our favorite new tools was Scratch Jr.,” she said. “This particular project was part of our Project Lead the Way science curriculum. Our final project was to create a video game.”

Objectives included animating a character, adding controllers, and designing a target and a moving obstacle.

Eighth-grade mentors work with second graders Elliot Cook, Brantley Pedersen and Yavian Ramirez Trinidad on a coding challenge with Lego robots. (Photo submitted May 26, 2021 by Kristen Poehler)
Eighth-grade mentors work with second graders Elliot Cook, Brantley Pedersen and Yavian Ramirez Trinidad on a coding challenge with Lego robots. (Photo submitted May 26, 2021 by Kristen Poehler)

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“I’ll make a character move over every square on the grid,” said Poehler. “After I animate our character to sweep the grid, I will learn how to introduce some obstacles and tell the characters what to do when they bump into each other.”

In a follow-up lesson, they held a live Google Meet with the sister of second-grade teacher Rebecca Grant, who is a computer programmer for 2K Games in California. They also collaborated with Morgan Marcussen’s eighth-grade robotics class to code with their Lego robots.

“Children have thrived with these opportunities to explore and challenge one another,” said Poehler.