Students in Mr. Smith's class participated in an introduction to coding activity, "The Grid" was to get students to begin thinking about the process of coding.
Students in Mr. Smith's class participated in an introduction to coding activity, "The Grid" was to get students to begin thinking about the process of coding. What is the end result you are hoping for with the code? What kind of teamwork can be used to get you to your end result? How important is it for us to re-trace steps and overcome obstacles? These questions and more are answered when the students participated in this team-building exercise. Students are split into two teams and give directions to figure out the correct path to get to the other side of the grid. They are not allowed to talk or repeat errors they make along the way. When an incorrect square is chosen, the team has to help the person back to home re-tracing their previously path and try again. Each team takes turns getting each member to the other side.
"This was a great activity getting students to think outside of the box and begin planning strategically," explained Smith. "The process of planning the end result of a product, then working the steps backwards is invaluable the critical thinking process overall. When applied to the coding class, they can begin to think through the steps of their end result, consult with colleagues, and get opportunity to run the program and reflect if errors occur. It was great to see this come through with our students as they engaged in the activity."