Active exploration is an integral part of the lower school experience at Episcopal. Our fifth grade coding and robotics students have been learning about algorithms and step by step instructions using LEGO®!
Each student was given an identical set of LEGO® bricks and was asked to build a structure out of their set. The goal was to write a set of instructions so that a partner could duplicate the structure only by reading the directions.
LEGO® instructions are almost entirely pictorial, making this a uniquely challenging activity.
With the opportunity to redo their instructions, and with a little help and class collaboration, students discovered a common language everyone could use to describe the assembly of LEGO® pieces. This became our "coding language"
The LEGO® building activity helps students understand how clear and specific their instructions need to be and will eventually transfer the skills they learned to writing computer code.
By highlighting the importance of common programming languages, clear communication, and engaging in hands on projects that demonstrate key coding concepts, Episcopal Lower School students are becoming prepared for their future.