For the past five Mondays, Mr. Musselman and Mr. Schersten have been holding an after-school coding club for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders. The students used Hopscotch, a free, introductory coding app using visual programming “blocks” to instruct the behavior of objects on screen.
Students worked their way through a series of challenges presented by Mr. Musselman and Mr. Schersten that progressively built their understanding of how programming works. Along the way they grappled with common problems programmers face when building animations, games, and technological tools. Many students were surprised at the amount of math being used in the coding, but quickly gained valuable understanding of mathematical concepts in graphing, angles, geometry, and rates of change.
By week five students with almost no programming experience had designed some amazing work. Students initially challenged with simply sketching their name on screen were able to design programs modeled after some of their favorite apps! Follow the links below to see some of their fantastic programs. To get the ultimate experience, visit these links with a tablet that has the Hopscotch app installed. Viewing these links without the app will cause some of the programs to not work properly and limit their interactivity.