Developing Logic and Critical Thinking through Coding
By Carrie Belanger
As our world changes and is becoming ever more dependent on technology, it is important that future generations move beyond merely interacting with technology. They need to be prepared to be active participants and creators of new technologies.
In the digital era, more professions are increasingly requiring coding skills. Programming is expected by many to be one of the fastest growing occupations over the next decade.
Second grade students at LCS are being introduced to the world of programming through the use of Ozobots. Using a color coded programming language; our students are able to interact with the bots. The students can command the Ozobots to follow designed paths at different speeds and functions, complete mazes, solve problems, and even race their fellow bots. Students are developing the use of logic, strengthening problem solving skills, and building digital literacy.
The Ozobots are a powerful tool. They allow students to develop an understanding of coding and begin to build programming skills through exciting and creative exploration.
Elementary Student Ambassadors
By Sheila Dykstra, Elementary Principal This spring, LCS began an Elementary Student Ambassador program. Two students from each classroom were selected to participate. Their primary role is to welcome visiting guests to their classrooms. These twelve students received instruction on how to warmly welcome a guest and shake their hand. From kindergarten to 5th grade, each of our student ambassadors did a phenomenal job welcoming guests to our school. Visitors to LCS frequently shared how impressed they were with our students!
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