Dansville students cracking the code

ASAP students at Dansville Central School have been building and coding robots

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ASAP robots: Dansville Central School fifth graders accepted the challenge to program the Lego EV3 robots they built to race around a pylon and back again, the winner being the robot with the fastest time.

DANSVILLE — Students in grades PreK-7 participating in the ASAP program at Dansville Central School have been building and coding robots.

This introduction to coding is being offered by the GV BOCES Enrichment Department.

All students use robots and coding platforms that are age specific. The youngest students, in pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and first grade, learned the basics by programming Cubetto robots. Grades 2-4 built and programmed Lego WeDo robots, and grades 5-7 used Lego EV3 robots. The Lego robots use a block coding system that students use to have their robot perform specific tasks. As a finale, a Robot Olympics is planned for students to compete in challenges that will test their coding ability.

Students learned that coding is a language and way of thinking. Successful coding involves the use of iterative design and computational thinking. Because coding is an important skill in the modern workplace, developing these skills and ways of thinking can open doors for students in the future.

The GV BOCES Enrichment Department has brought a variety of STEM, arts, and literacy activities for the Dansville Central Schools’ Academic Support and Activities Program (ASAP). The engaging and creative units are offered weekly by GV BOCES Enrichment Specialists.

Dansville’s ASAP provides assistance to children in grades PK through 7 and offers activities to promote creativity and exercise, in a safe and healthy environment, on days that they are not attending school