Do You Code?
Students across WCASD annually participate in Hour of Code. This global initiative each December has taken schools by storm. Basically, the hour provides a brief introduction to computer science and requires no training and background knowledge. After a brief tutorial, the student was let loose to get Elsa to skate, a little monster to eat coins, or a variety of other options. By exposing students to coding, we hope our students see new possibilities. There are free and inexpensive apps if you have an iPad or tablet and websites where you can practice for yourself. It was great to see students embrace the experience, seem unaffected by the trial-and-error involved, and teach each other (and their teachers)!
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The STEM Laboratory is a website created by a Nationally Board Certified Teacher, who opted to continue her career at home with her children. The website filled with projects and activities you can do at home.
SciShow Kids is a website chock full of short video clips with insights about why certain things happen. For example, did you ever wonder why do we hiccup or get dizzy?
Babble Babble Do is a YouTube station dedicated to helping parents with projects intended to spark curiosity and creativity in their child.
As the name suggests, the Tinkerlab YouTube channel helps parents encourage creativity and critical thinking by bringing hands-on learning through the Makerspace concept into the home.
The Good Thinking! and Explore Smithsonian video series from the Smithsonian Science Education Center are engaging ways to encourage scientific thinking in children.
HooplaKidz Lab was created to help people conduct small science experiments at home such as dissecting a flower or creating a vinegar volcano.
DIY Nano is an app that allows families to explore nanotechnology through a variety of activities.
Skyscrapers by Tinybop allows the user to "explore skyscrapers from the ground up!" The website provides access to the free download of a handbook to get the most from the app.