Two teams of fourth, fifth, and sixth graders represented Woodward North at the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) regional tournament at Taylor Road Middle School on Dec. 13. In FIRST LEGO League, students design and program an autonomous robot to score points on a thematic playing surface and practice problem-solving while being guided by the FLL Core Values which emphasize teamwork, discovery, fun, and sportsmanship. Members of the Skittle Warriors Team – Alina N., Faheem J., Avinash A., Ashna G., Aren P., and Eshaan A. – won the tournament trophy for best teamwork. The Speed of Light team members are Joseph H., Vishal S., Julia L., Kai B., and Kennedy C.
During the week of Dec. 8, all WN students, from pre-K to sixth grade, participated in the Hour of Code. Using a variety of computer programs and applications – including Scratch, Tynker, Kodable, Lightbot Jr, and Code.org – they created holiday cards, animated idioms, and programmed BeeBots. The students will continue to use the coding applications throughout the year.
The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science organized by Code.org, a non-profit that seeks to make computer science available in more schools and to increase participation by women and underrepresented students of color in the field.