Early head start for the #hourOfCode in Year 3

As part of the Computer Science Education Week, ARIS primary hosts an annual Hour of code event. This year, we had an early head start with year 3!

The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. It is designed to demystify ‘code’, to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science.

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ARIS on the Hour of Code map

Our day started with an hour of code in Year 3A and Mustapha Hamoui was our special morning guest!

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Mustapha is an ARIS daddy, a businessman, a web developer and an occasional blogger. He challenged the kids to program their sprite in scratch to draw a shape. He proposed drawing a square and then going further and try do draw an octagon through code. Once done, the sprite should say “I did it!”. The kids were thrilled, picking their favorite sprites and choosing backdrops! They used scripting blocks from the events and motion palettes while Mustapha and I helped them out adding blocks from the pen palette.

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Programming the sprite to draw a square
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Programming the sprite to draw an octagon

As we completed our almost hour of code in 3A, Mr. Hamoui encouraged the kids to work further on their programming skills:

Even though programming problems seem hard at first, they get easier and more fun with practice! -Mustapha Hamoui

Later on, we worked our hour of code in year 3 B and C online! I had bookmarked a tutorial suitable for the kids’ age in Firefox: a classic maze with angry birds.

The programming tutorial we worked on consists of 20 puzzles with ascending complexity. In the early stages, we had to drag and use move and turn blocks while later, we used  repeat blocks for shorter and more efficient code.

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As the kids enjoyed the hour of code and showed persistence in solving the puzzles, they went home with a note containing the link to the hour of code tutorials.

Stay tuned for more hours of code coming next week!

Yours truly,
Maya H. Hamedi