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Monday, March 13, 2017

Coding with Scratch in 8th Grade Math


Inspired by an array of digital screens projecting an interactive pattern simulation during our field trip to the Museum of Science this fall, MS math teacher Randi Currier, challenged 8th grade students to use the Scratch coding environment to create their own interactive art exhibits. Their task was to incorporate geometric concepts, such as angle measurements in relation to number of sides. Students applied coding skills of program structure, variable declaration, iteration and conditionals to create their exhibits. They brainstormed ideas of what makes an interactive exhibit engaging: 
  • Interesting visual effects 
  • Variables with sliders 
  • Color 
  • Sound 
  • Random elements 
  • Immediate feedback 

Below are the top five exhibits, voted by the students:





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