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{{ tags[0] }} Blockly Coding Experience Sequencing

Description

In this activity, learners will use Block.ly to apply their knowledge of directions, sequencing, and loop creation. Learners will use their familiarity with Block.ly and Dash and Dot robots to create loop sequences in real-time. The kinesthetic output from the robots will encourage sequence tracking, an early task necessary for debugging and correction. This activity incorporates a social component to encourage demonstration and collaboration.

Steps

Select one individual to be Learner 1 and another to be Learner 2.

  • Using only words, Learner 1 tells Learner 2 a simple sequence of 3-5 blocks you would like to repeat. This will be your ‘loop’ sequence.
  • Learner 2 creates the loop sequence that Learner 1 has described in Block.ly. (Do not let Learner 1 see your program until you are finished.)
  • Learner 2 connects Block.ly to Dash.
  • Learner 2 plays their program to move Dash.
  • Discuss with the other learner if the played sequence what Learner 1 had described.
  • If it was not the sequence as Learner 1 described, try to find where the sequence did not match what and fix the sequence.
  • Switch roles and repeat the activity.

Tips

  • Ensure operational batteries are available.
  • Ensure Dash and Dot is operational prior to the activity.
  • Set up a large flat surface for Dash and Dot to detect actions.
  • Establish expectations of being patient and turn-taking between partners.

Skill Development

  • Directional
  • Planning
  • Problem solving (debugging)
  • Sequencing
  • Social skills/Communication
  • Spatial

Level Up

Explore longer sequences with more action blocks.