Follow the directions to make your way through the maze! 2nd graders did some programming on paper this week. They designed a maze and then imagined that they were writing the program for a robot to go through the maze. Using arrows and numbers the students did an excellent and accurate job writing the program.
The children enjoyed creating the mazes and many added their own additional elements. Frances added a step where her robot needed to get a key and unlock a door before completing the maze.
The 2nd graders have had experience with coding programs on the computer using arrows as direction symbols. I found this lesson plan and more on this Scientific American blog post. We will revisit this lesson again using some of the extensions suggested in the blog post. The children were excited, engaged and creative!
I teach technology to grades Preschool through 8th grade in the mornings, and 2nd grade math, science and religion in the afternoon.I love to share the ways we utilize technology to enhance our learning.