Problem solving for the future involves more than just math equations – it involves patterns and coding principles. At Humann Elementary, a fourth grade computer class is focusing on those puzzles to solve problems.
Jason Rushing posed a question to his computer class of fourth graders about a number line and an algorithm. He admitted it was a difficult puzzle, that guessing was fruitless, and it would take pages of arithmetic problems to solve it. Then he told them, “you could use computational thinking and break it down into pieces you can do and look for patterns.”
The lesson is about process, learning to determine patterns and break big problems down into smaller chunks so they can be solved, and make computers do what they are supposed to do. The class is about logic.
The goal of Lincoln Public Schools new elementary computer curriculum is to combine coding basics and computer science with digital media arts and literacy. The course also includes robotics.