Coding and Robotics

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What is coding?

Coding is giving instructions to a computer in a language it understands.

Wondering what computer science looks like in elementary school?

Kindergarten to 2nd grade students learn block-based coding. This means they sequence blocks with pictures to give instructions to their characters. They use different programs such as ScratchJr, Codespark, and Kodable. 

As students grow older and build their skills their coding blocks evolve with variables like time + number of movements to give specific instructions to their sprites. They use coding programs such as Microsoft Makecode, Scratch, and  

Student Minecraft House Build

What is Minecraft?

Minecraft: Education Edition is a game-based learning platform that builds STEM skills, creativity, and engages students in collaboration and problem-solving.

Students learn the basic programming language starting with Microsoft MakeCode and when they’re ready for a challenge can try out Javascript or Python that professionals use!

Isn't Minecraft just a game?

Minecraft is NOT just a game! 

Students solve real-world problems following the engineering design process and work together in this immersive game environment to find solutions!




After students learn different coding concept basics like sequencing, algorithms, and loops; they begin using what they learned code to program robots!

Sphero Indi

Kindergarten and 1st grade begin learning using Sphero Indi.

This is a screenless robot car that’s driven by the rainbow! Sphero Indi uses a special color sensor that tells it which direction to move and how fast!!!

Sphero Indi Robot on colored mat saying "I'm on my way!"


2nd and 3rd grade spice it up and use a robot called Dash. They can program Dash to talk, walk, dance and change LED lights! He can also talk to other Dash robots! Dash robot next to iPad with Coding App 

Sphero Bolt!

Finally, 4th and 5th grade level up to Sphero Bolt!

They learn what it takes to program Star Wars Droid robots! Customize LED lights to display messages, show blinking hearts, and so much more!  

Sphero Bolt ball robot with name