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Middle School Technology Elective

Middle school students have an elective once a week, where they can choose from a variety of classes such as garden, sports, yearbook, digital video, clay, comic book drawing, and crafts. For the fall semester, we included a new Technology class, team-taught by 3 SFC parents. The class had 12 middle school students, with a wide range of experience with computers but all with an enthusiasm for learning more.

We had 3 mini-courses over the semester. The first was learning the basics of programming through Code.org’s Accelerated Intro to CS course. In this section students used the online course to learn and practice concepts such as if/then blocks, repeat loops, variables, and functions. The Code.org course uses Blockly, a drag-and-drop interface that has a JavaScript layer of code to execute commands.

The second mini-course used Blockly to control Arduino hardware parts. The software is known as BlocklyDuino. Students worked with hardware components such as lights, sensors, and audio parts.

The third mini-course was to make a webpage. Students learned HTML and CSS to style their own personal webpage, including pictures, text, formatting, and links.

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Parent of an SFC 6th grader and an SFC '17 grad


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