Robots may think for themselves on Star Trek, but at Freedom Elementary, getting kids started with coding means working on robots who are not so bright.
“We have to restart his brain. That happens sometimes,” parent volunteer Rebekah Cline said to 7- and 8-year-olds. She was referring to a reluctant robot named Dash, who was definitely not living up to his name.
Dash seemed to be going in the right direction at first, but he turned right way too soon. The kids found that they had to add instruction for another block of going straight before the block of commands telling the robot to turn.
The kids experienced a trial and error and fix routine that had gone on nearly an hour at school. The trial and error went on longer than anticipated
There are similarities between the basic coding in the class, and building with Legos. Districts want to provide a first look at programming in the early grades.
Luke Hibbard, coordinator of technology and instruton for the Stanislaus County Office of Education, commented on coding.
“Coding is the hot thing right now. But it’s a pretty expensive proposition,” Hibbard said.