STEM - Assignments


week 15: Dec 10 - Dec 14

  • Begin: Animation Story
    - use Google Slides to create a short animated story
  • Continue/Complete: CodeHS
  • Begin: MIT App Inventor

 

week 14: Dec 3 - Dec 7

 

week 13: Nov 26 - Nov 30

  • Complete Presentations: Group Research Projects
    - presentation rubric
  • Fill Out: Reflection Form (once your group has presented)
  • Complete: Google Slide Animation practice
  • Begin: Pixlr Overview
    - lesson_1: using filters, saving images
  • Continue: CodeHS

Vocabulary

  • bluetooth - a standard for the short-range wireless interconnection of mobile phones, computers, and other electronic devices; named after King Harald of Denmark & Norway - the symbol is based on runes forandHarald's initials

 

week 12: Nov 19 - Nov 21

  • Work with: Pixilart
    - I don't think you need to create an account but you can if you like
    - be sure to click on the Tips Box that show up when the site loads - these are helpful
  • Present: Group Research Projects
    - presentation rubric
  • Fill Out: Reflection Form (once your group has presented)
  • Introduce: Hex Number Systems
  • Continue: CodeHS

Vocabulary

  • hexadecimal number system - sixteen-digit number system where each number represents a power of 16

 

week 11: Nov 13 - Nov 16

  • Continue/Complete: Group Research Projects
    - review design tips
    - presentation rubric
  • Introduce: Hex Number Systems
  • Continue: CodeHS

 

week 10: Nov 5 - Nov 9

  • Begin: Group Research Projects
  • Complete: Term 1 Reflection
    -
    create a Journal Post about what you learned in Term 1
    - For example: think of what you already knew, what you know now, and what you would like to learn next
  • Begin: Brebas Competition
  • Continue: CodeHS

week 9: Oct 29 - Nov 2

  • Choose: Hour of Code activity
  • Complete: News Article on "Green Technology"
  • Play: Ask Jud
  • Explore: MIT Moral Machine & Deep Angel AI
  • Complete: Halloween Candy Quiz
    - then you will be creating your own quiz
    - we will go over this in class
  • Complete: Class Quiz Practices
    - blue
    - white
  • Begin: Research Projects
  • Begin: CodeHS
    - will explain in class how to get started with this
    - class code is 07E13
    * when you get to the lessons in unit 3 that involve functions ask a teacher to review it with you

 

week 8: Oct 22 - Oct 26

  • Begin: CodeHS
    - class code is 07E13
  • Complete: Halloween Candy Quiz
    - then you will be creating your own quiz
    - we will go over this in class
  • Play: Kahoot! (computer science - will do this in class)
  • Complete: Code.org Unit 5 - Chapter 1 - Lesson 4 "Representing Images"
  • Read: Submarine Cables - FAQ
  • View: Submarine Cable Map
  • Journal Post - Submarine Cables
    - Be sure to put this slide near the top and add the date and title
    - answer the following questions - not with just yes or no - add an explanation
    1. Is it true that sharks biting the cables is a problem?
    2. Cables can break just by wearing out - but what are some other things that cause them to break?
    3. Who uses submarine cables?
    4. How thick is a cable?
    5. How does fiber-optic technology work with the cables?
    6. What did you find most interesting about the cables?
  • Check-In: Scratch Tutorials (start & music checklist)
    - be sure you have the 1st two tutorials ready for review

  • Continue: Scratch Classroom (White Day)
  • Continue: Scratch Classroom (Blue Day)
    - tutorials to be completed _ be sure to save these as projects so I can view them
    1. Getting Started
    2. Make Music
    3. Make it Fly
    4. Let's Dance
    5. Animate a Name
    6. Fashion Game
    7. Create a Virtual Pet

 

week 7: Oct 15 - Oct 19

  • Read: Submarine Cables - FAQ
  • View: Submarine Cable Map
  • Journal Post - Submarine Cables
    - Be sure to put this slide near the top and add the date and title
    - answer the following questions - not with just yes or no - add an explanation
    1. Is it true that sharks biting the cables is a problem?
    2. Cables can break just by wearing out - but what are some other things that cause them to break?
    3. Who uses submarine cables?
    4. How thick is a cable?
    5. How does fiber-optic technology work with the cables?
    6. What did you find most interesting about the cables?

  • Complete: News Article

  • Continue: Scratch Classroom (White Day)
  • Continue: Scratch Classroom (Blue Day)
    - tutorials to be completed _ be sure to save these as projects so I can view them
    1. Getting Started
    2. Make Music
    3. Make it Fly
    4. Let's Dance
    5. Animate a Name
    6. Fashion Game
    7. Create a Virtual Pet

 

week 6: Oct 9 - Oct 12

  • Play: Binary Game
  • Google Play App: Convert to Binary
  • Complete: Binary Worksheet
  • Practice: Map Puzzles
  • Continue: Code.org Course F
  • Quiz 2: Thu/Fri
  • View: Intro to Scratch
  • Join: Scratch Classroom (White Day)
  • Join: Scratch Classroom (Blue Day)
    - then Tips - Getting Started Tutorial
    * make sure you name the project
    ** make sure you hit Save every so often
    *** You don't need to share this when you are done - later I will show you how to submit work to our classroom for grading

week 5: Oct 1 - Oct 5

  • Discussion: What is data?
  • View: The Digital Computer (bits and bytes)
  • Binary Activity (in class)
  • Play: Binary Game
  • Google Play App: Convert to Binary
  • Practice: Map Puzzles
  • Continue: Code.org Course F

    Vocabulary Week 5
      • Binary - A way of representing information using only two options.
      • Bit - A contraction of "Binary Digit"; the single unit of information in a computer, typically represented as a 0 or 1
      • Byte - a collection of 8 bits - data storage is measured in Bytes - generally an uppercase B indicates Bytes
        • KB (kilo) = approximately 1,000 bytes (thousands)
        • MB (mega) = approximately 1,000,000 bytes (millions)
        • GB (giga) = approximately 1,000,000,000 bytes (billions)
        • TB (tera) - approximately 1,000,000,000,000 bytes (trillions)
      • Decode - to change how information is represented so that it can be read by a person
      • Encode - to change how information is represented so that it can be read by a computer
      • Pixel: a tiny square or dot which contains a single point of color of a larger image.

 

week 4: sep 24 - sep 28

  • Test: How secure is my password?
    - DO NOT put your real password in here - make up one that is similar
  • Lesson: Google Drive overview by Mr Jack
    - take some time to organize your Google Drive and color code your folders
    - leave the Google Classroom folders alone, but you should make new folders for subjects you are taking this term
  • Complete: Google Sheet pixel drawing
    - make a copy of this and add to your CS folder
  • Digital Journal Entry: Write a paragraph about a piece of technology that has had a large impact on your life. Add details to explain why this is (or was) important to you. Let's leave out phones, laptops, and headphones... think of something else
    - include the date on your slide and move it up to the top of the slide show (chronological order)
  • View: Persistence Videos
    - mouse vs cookie
    - iguana vs snakes
  • Complete: Pixel Image 2
  • Complete: Pixel Image 3
  • Practice: Map Puzzles
  • Digital Journal Entry: Can you think of something that was hard at first, but now you can do easily? What were the problems you had to solve in order to be successful?
    - make a new slide, add the date, and put at the top of your Journal slides.
  • Lego Activity
    - hex color chart

  • Continue: Code.org Course F

 

week 3: Sep 17 - Sep 22

  • Quiz on Wed/Thu
    - be sure you know your input/output and computer parts (look at your digital journal notes, and vocabulary)
  • View: What Most Schools Don't Teach
  • View: Project Emma
  • Lesson: Google Drive overview by Mr Jack
  • Complete: Google Sheet pixel drawing
  • Write: Digital Journals
    - make notes computer hardware (if we didn't do this last week)
  • Group Discussions: come up with a list of all the types of computers that you use - both in school and at home
  • Digital Journal Entry: A piece of technology that has had a large impact on your life. Add details to explain why this is (or was) important to you. Let's leave out phones, laptops, and headphones... think of something else
    - include the date on your slide and move it up to the top of the slide show (chronological order)
  • Continue: Code.org Course F

    Vocab Week 3
    • bug -part of a program that does not work correctly
    • debugging - finding and fixing problems in an algorithm or program
    • loop - the action of doing something over and over again
    • program - an algorithm that has been coded into something that can be run by a machine
    • programming - the art of creating a program
    • frustrated - feeling annoyed or angry because something is not the way you want it
    • persistence - trying again and again, even when something is very hard

week 2: Sep 10 - Sep 14

Vocab Week 2

  • computer: a device that accepts input, stores data, and processes it in some way to produce an output
  • computing: using computer algorithms to solve problems
  • computer hardware: the parts of a computer that you can actually touch
    • motherboard - the main circuit board - it connects all the other parts
    • bios - basic input output system - on startup it checks all your hardware connections and locates all your devices. If everything is OK, the BIOS loads the operating system into the computer's memory and finishes the boot-up process.
    • cmos - complementary metal-oxide semiconductor - it holds important data needed for the bios to start up the computer - including the date and time - it has a backup battery to ensure the info is not ever lost
    • CPU - the "brain" responsible for interpreting and executing commands from hardware and software
    • chipset - a group of microchips designed to work as a unit in performing one or more related functions
    • memory - the name for the electronic holding place for instructions and data that a computer's microprocessor can reach quickly
      • RAM - Random Access Memory - the temporary or "working" memory that allows multitasking
      • hard disk drive - the main data storage for a computer - HDD drives have spinning platters while SDD drives use a solid state flash memory
    • video/graphic card - sends images to the screen/monitor
    • drives - hardware devices that allow data to be read/written on some type of media (examples: optical, zip/thumb)
      *note: optical is often know more commonly as a CD/DVD/BluRayDVD
    • monitor/screen - displays the signals from the graphics/video card
    • peripherals - a device that can connect to the main computer (examples: keyboard, mouse, speakers, printer)
    • ports - serves as the interface between the computer and a peripheral (examples: USB, Thunderbolt, PS/2, VGA)
  • computer software - instructions for the computer and data
    • BIOS (Basic Input/Output System) is the program a computer's microprocessor uses to get the computer system started after its turned on
    • Operating system (OS) is the program that manages all the other programs in a computer
  • Input - A device or component that allows information to be given to a computer
  • Output - Any device or component that receives information from a computer

 

Week 1: Sep 5 - Sep 7

  • Homework: 3 Things for Mon Sep 10/Tue Sep 11
    - 2 items of personal interest
    - 1 item of technology (not phones, or laptops)
  • Discuss: Class Protocols & monthly work rubric
  • View: Computer Science is Changing Everything
  • Create: Google Folder for this class and share with me: mkelly@sandwich.k12.ma.us
  • Join: Code.org classroom and take pre-survey
  • Complete: Algorithm activity

    Vocab Week 1
    • algorithm - a series of instructions to complete a task
    • protocol - A set of rules governing the exchange or transmission of data between device, or the correct conduct and procedures in a social situation