Superior North Catholic celebrates Code Week

Superior North Catholic celebrates Canada Learning Code Week
Posted on 12/14/2021
Holy Angels Grade ½ student celebrating debugging his Scratch Junior code

December 1st to 10th marked the annual celebration of Canada Learning Code week. Superior North Catholic District School Board students and educators participated in a wide variety of coding activities hosted by the Technology Enabled Learning Teacher (TELT) and Math Team. The launch of the NEW 2020 Ontario Mathematics Curriculum has sparked a system wide collaboration between the two support teams to ensure that students and staff are learning coding in a safe and engaging environment. 

Great news; all the coding platforms explored as part of Canada Learning Code Week are free to the public and available for exploration at home. Take a look by clicking on the links below. 

students coded their reindeer Beebots

Students in Kindergarten to Grade 2 had the chance to design a reindeer costume for their Beebots and code it to navigate around

Christmas obstacles. Alternatively, students designed an interactive Christmas scene in Scratch Junior featuring codes for flashing lights on a Christmas tree, having a character put a gift under the tree and a recording of a Christmas message.

Christmas Greeting Word AnimationStudents in Grade 3-6 had the chance to express their artistic side as part of a “Christmas Greeting Word Animation” project using Scratch and CS First (Google for Education). They used block based coding to add effects like growing, bouncing, spinning, dancing, and music to make their words come alive. Alternatively, students could code their own “Heads Up” or “Headbanz” game using Micro:bits. Students took turns guessing Christmas words scrolling on the headband Micro:bit screen; tilting their head up and down to que a new word once they guessed correctly based on verbal clues. 

Students CodingStudents in Grade ⅞ got to design an interactive Christmas card using text-based coding in the Lynx Coding platform. The card featured a Christmas greeting and animations of a Christmas scene that the recipient could interact with using coded buttons at the bottom of the card. Alternatively, students got to code a real life compass with Micro:bits, calibrated to show the true North to find their way to Santa’s workshop in the North pole. 

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