In the spirit of Valentines Day, I challenged the girls to make hearts using the binary alphabet similar to these. It was a concept they caught on to very quickly and needed little guidance. I'm told that Hindi, which many of them speak, is at its core a binary language so maybe that's in part why.
Using the ASCII binary alphabet, they chose three colors of beads: one for 0, one for 1, one for a space. Some did their name, some did the name of a friend, some did the word LOVE. This activity helps with foundational coding concepts and also improves fine motor skills.
Today I only had 3 girls which was perfect to practice offline coding using the Robot Turtles board game. It's made for young children, which I told them, but it really reinforces some foundational coding concepts that make it easier when we do more challenging coding online. They liked it, probably because I kept it fast-paced and we increased difficulty quickly by adding in new challenges. I liked that they became even more confident using basic commands and seeing immediate results from their program.
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