Last year was the maiden voyage of the FutureBus to the BEF funded Camp Achieve's across the Beaverton School District. We were asked to come back this year and we were even approached by a couple of the ESL summer schools as well.
As the planning process got started in May we quickly realized that we had a problem finding bus drivers! It was at that point that I had to make a tough decision, is it about the bus or the Future Ready experiences that the team can bring? I ultimately made the decision to move forward with our experiences sans bus and so far it is working out well. For the month of July we will be getting to visit the following schools: Elmonica, Cedar Mill, Ridgewood, and Rock Creek.
While I initially started out thinking we were going to do more simple activities I quickly realized as my Prius was stuffed to the gills that I might have made things more complicated than they needed to be. Today I got to work with Linda Peterson, LITT at Cedar Park, and Suzanne Peerenboom, LITT at Five Oaks. As we began setting up we were talking logistics and figuring out the lesson plan. We decided to scrap the initial sphero idea of allowing students to create a character for their robot prior to attempting to code a maze challenge, and instead created mini golf. The objective was exposure to coding the spheros and I think we nailed it.
I was working on introducing students to bloxels. The students were able to build one level of their game and then problem solve ways to fix their level. So intro to game design and problem solving were high on our list today. Click the button below for more in-depth lesson plans on our activities.
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