Thinking ahead to next year.... I am working on 3-D Printing "Coding Karate" badges. (the name may change. LOL) My elementary students have been very excited to have something from our 3-D printer. Many have shared that they would to take something with them as they finish activities and they had the idea of coding badges. As a motivator for next year, and to help with some engagement, I have decided that we are going to work on some benchmark coding activities and students will earn those colored coding badges. Not only are they able to see how a design goes from concept to a physical product, they will also earn some bragging rights as they work.
I am using a Flash Forge 3-D Printer ($299) to create a Code.org backpack badge. We will be starting with colors: white, green, red, blue, purple and black. We will be completing a variety activities in elementary computer science that focus around algorithms, sequencing, loops, functions and variables.