While at FETC, I was able to play with a not yet released robot called Root. It has three levels of coding and reminds me of a combination between an Ozobot and a Beebot. I loved coding designs and music with it.
It is a magnetic robot that has many levels for coding but at the price point of $199, it is more expensive then purchasing a Dash and an Ozobot separately which makes it an interesting idea but not likely to find its way into our makerspace anytime soon.
Today the following classrooms participated in Hour of Code - Nolan, Weisensel, Crowe, Dalhoff, Rohlfing, and Oscar. Thank you to our high school volunteers - Edward P., Michael L., and Grant N. whose help made this happen.
Today 7 classrooms attended the Hour of Code in the LMC - Flogel, Germann, Rebholz, Prill, Fronek, Birkett, and Wersal. This all happened with the support of our high school volunteers - Colleen A., Noah J., Qiuwen Q., and Cecilia K.
Over the next two weeks, all of our students at Country View will have the opportunity to do an Hour of Code through many different activities. Today was the first group of Battles, Ehlenbach, Zorr, Curtis, Lawry, and Messmann.
To use it, you don't need an account but the teacher account allows you to create student codes where you can assign and monitor student projects. One really neat feature is the ability to comment on the code to document your thinking and to debug if needed. In the teacher account, you can comment on student code as well as student's can comment on their own code.
Through Tryazon, our students have the opportunity to use Ozobot Evo in our Makerspace. The Ozobot Evo is a interactive smart social Ozobot that can be coded via the iPad as well as through the Ozobot website. It arrives in a organized box that includes a playground, markers, charger, and carrying bag. Our students enjoyed trying the driving app as well as the color dot game.
The Ozobot Evo charges quickly but due to the many things that it can now do, the battery life was less than an hour. This made it a little challenging since the Share Fair lasted 2 hours and the Evo had to be recharged. It will be fantastic for Hour of Code as long as it has a 20 minute time in between sessions to be able to recharge.
So last week I wrote about the new basketball coding with Dash station that we have in the Makerspace. Well this week a student in Ms. Germann's class showed me how creatively she could shoot a basket. Even though the footage shows a missed shot, it was a slam dunk in my book.