Early Flyers Primary: Excellence Summit Program

Welcome to the Academic Workshop

Excellence Summit Program 

What is coding?

Coding is the process of computer programming. Programming or coding is used to create web applications, to manipulate data, to create software, to develop digital games, to control robots etc.

Why is it important to learn how to code?

Jobs are changing! Automation of tasks by computers and robots are increasing. Governments and organisations around the world are worried about the shortage of workers with IT skills; the demand for workers with IT skills is expected to increase during the next decade. To combat this shortage Governments are implementing new curriculum that includes technology, critical thinking and problem solving skills.

Next year when you enter Grade 7 you will be offered technology classes that include a study of robotics and coding.

A short video of my kids testing their Lego EV3 Mindstorms Forklift robot on Halloween

Robotics and automation is used in many industries; industries such as military, medical, manufacturing, finance, security, construction and agriculture.

robotWork1

Robots are used in manufacturing

securityRobot

Robots are used for city security

talonBombRobot

Robots are used in the military

Click on the following link to download a copy of the workshop handout: Introduction to Programming with Python and CodeCombat

Click on the following links to view some of the robots that were built this year in my classes by Grade 7, 11 and 12 students:

https://elketeaches.wordpress.com/2015/10/30/nxt2/

https://elketeaches.wordpress.com/2015/10/23/lego-mindstorms-surprises/

Parents of workshop attendees?  Please feel free to comment below to give your child’s feedback on my workshop.

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