First and second graders had their first Vertex visit of the school year, and it was a resounding success! Volunteers started off by sharing information with students about cystic fibrosis, one of the diseases the company works on. Students then participated in an observation and analysis of simulated mucus samples. Students looked at healthy mucus samples and compared them to mucus samples from people with cystic fibrosis. Students loved describing what the different mucus types looked, felt, and even smelled like!
Students also got a chance to experiment with 3D pens. With the 3D printing pen students were able to draw anything they wanted and watch their creations become 3D models in a matter of minutes.
Thank you Vertex for helping bringing science to life and giving students a chance to use some incredible tech tools!
To celebrate computer science, Shaw students participated in a global event called Hour of Code. Students used apps like Kodable and The Foos to practice programming and sequencing. They also used Bee-Bots (a type of robot) to learn directional language and program the robots to follow set paths.
The people who tell computers what to do are called programmers. Students acted like programmers, using a special language known as code to move a “robot” forward, spin, and jump. Using this basic programming language, students used code to tell computers and robots EXACTLY what to do. They had to tell the computer and robots what to do in the right order or else it would not work correctly.
After all their hard work, students discussed that computers and other tech tools can’t do anything without people telling them what to do. We learned that people are a lot smarter than computers! Check out the following resources to keep working on computer science and programming skills at home!
Mrs. Keohane is the School Librarian at the P.A. Shaw. She loves hockey, going to the beach, and reading (obviously!)