Coding & Tech
Computer Science Level 1 With Vexcode VR Virtual Robotics Programming Ages 9-14
Learn robotics programming using a virtual robot and Scratch-like coding blocks
year old learners
learners per class
$13 per class
Meets 1x per week
Over 8 weeks
55 minutes per class
Students will learn how to program a virtual VEX robot to move through various virtual "playgrounds" using a programming interface based on Scratch (no previous Scratch knowledge necessary). Class Syllabus: Week 1 & 2 - Introduction & Moving Your Robot: This week will have a general introduction to the website and the programming tools. Students will learn how to move the robot forward, backwards, right and left, and how to sequence these commands to meet the goal of knocking all the...
Students will learn basic block-based coding skills to navigate a virtual robot through different courses or "playgrounds". Skills learned include basic movement, loops and conditionals, using robotic sensor inputs.
I am a Certified Robotics Instructor (VEX Robotics). I have taught VEX robotics programming since 2013 to students in public and private school settings and online since 2018. I have 5 public school teaching certifications/licenses: Technology Education. Grades 6-12. Expires 7/31/2023 (Texas) Technology Applications. Grades EC-12. Expires 7/31/2023 (Texas) Special Education. Grades EC-12. Expires 7/31/2023 (Texas) Computer Education. REPA 3, Grades 5-12. Expires 9/10/2023 (Indiana) Technology Education. REPA 3, Grades 5-12. Expires 9/10/2023 (Indiana) Education: Wilkes University - Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania M.S.Ed. Instructional Media. January 2013. Texas A&M University - Commerce, Texas Technology Applications EC-12 teaching certification preparation; SPED – 15 hours; Ed. Tech. – 20 hours. May 2012. Ball State University - Muncie, Indiana B.A. Journalism. Minors in Spanish and Classical Culture. July 1985.
I will give additional challenges for those who want to do more during the week, but there is no homework required for this course.
An internet-connected device running Windows or Mac OS, Chromebook, iPad or Android tablet. It is VERY helpful if students are accessing the site on a computer logged into the class session via Zoom so that they can screen share their work. Students are welcome to log in with more than one device so they can follow along with the demonstration on one device and do the programming on another (just mute the sound and microphone on one of the devices so that there are not feedback issues).
Assessment will be verbal, informal assessment. I can give formal written assessment to parents if requested.
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
Students will use the https://vr.vex.com website to complete the projects in this class. No account creation is required.
We will be using this website: https://vr.vex.com and other educational materials from https://www.vexrobotics.com.