What happens when you introduce a project for pupils to design, build and test an algorithm to share a local story to visitors about Hull?
Oh, and they have to wear their code with pride. That’s because their messages need to be digitally displayed on a wearable tech device called a Codebug.
That was the challenge set by the Hull 2017 team and RM Education to a group of digital leaders from Spring Cottage and Malet Lambert schools. Collaborating across Y5, 7 & 8, they worked in teams to design and communicate their stories. All part of events organised during National Careers Week.
An afternoon of creativity and fun (according to some) turned into problem solving and teamwork as the children tackled errors through their complexities. Confident coding led to serious debugging tasks and in turn to successful projects shared.
Initial ideas at the 2 schools were shared in the small new teams and further projects extended and developed during the session.
It became evident to the groups that coding as a trio could lead to more ambitious outcomes once everybody’s ideas and skills were considered. Whatever their age and if they had, or hadn’t in this case, worked together before.
What did the children enjoy about the project?
- How we got to code with different people I didn’t know
- I liked all the coding that we had to do and all the debugs we had to do
- The girl who came from Malet Lambert let us decide
- That we had to work together
- Working as a team
And what about collaborating with students from another school?
- That we work good in a group and we have more ideas
- That at different schools they learn different things about coding
- That it is fun to learn with other people
- You can collaborate vary well with someone you haven’t met before
- How to tell people how to do things!!
- THAT YOU STILL USE CODING AT BIG SCHOOL AND ITS NOT AS CONFUSING AND HARD AS IT LOOKS AND YOU MUST ALWAYS HAVE A GO
What did the children learn during the project?
- That debugging is easier than I thought
- How to make code more thoroughly
- That you can wear your code
- That you can do so many things with one tiny piece of technology
Team photos were taken with a Raspberry Pi project as we continued the planning conversations about possibilities with inputs and outputs.
Smile : )