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Students at WCM use their coding skills for their "eye" to successfully complete the maze they created

Having a Blast at Summer Robotic Coding Camp

By: Kelly Williamson, Digital Literacy Coordinator

 This summer the Craven County Schools Digital Learning Coaches sponsored its first Summer Robotic Coding Camp for rising 5th through 8th graders.  The camp was held August 5th through the 7th across the district in each geographic region. Students joined us at Havelock Middle, Grover C. Fields Middle, and West Craven Middle to participate in a day of exciting hands-on learning to block code, navigate Spheros robots, and create an unplugged piece of artwork.

 Students participated in Maze Trials in which they were chosen to join a recovery company that escaped a maze trial.  As expert maze runners, the students had to work in collaborative teams to communicate an escape route using their wits and coding ability.  In addition, the students had to create a bridge within their maze the robot had to safely travel across.  In addition, students also learned how to code pixel images and created a pixel decoder to hide within their maze.  Students used the app and iPads to code the Spheros robot to travel through the maze they created.  Students were also encouraged to use empathy mapping and design thinking to create their maze and bridge.

 Due to increased demand, we hope to offer the camp again next summer with expanded times and dates.  Our mission is to provide all students with the opportunity to explore coding as a future career.