Hour of Code / Lower School

On the heels of the LS taking part in the Hour of Code in December (where students wrote code to control the Star Wars characters BB-8, R2-D2, and C-3PO—some students were even able to write code, making their very own Star Wars game), the second annual LS PLUSS day devoted to STEAM, Making, and Designing took place on January 6th. Lower school students were able to self-select into two sessions of their choice from a variety of sessions being offered. Those sessions included: Spaghetti and Marshmallow Sculptures, Marble Mazes, The Art of Balance, Cardboard Building Challenges, Human Coding, Building with Pre-Primary Students, Coding with Kindergartners, and Digital Makerspace 101. Here is a full list and descriptions of each session.

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During the reflection at the end of the day, many students were excited to share how wonderful it was to be able to tap into their creativity. The resiliency needed to finish their creations was also noted. The best line of the day was when students were asked to leave the Digital Makerspace to head outside to recess. Collectively, the room moan, “Awwwwwww! We don’t want to go to recess, we want to continue to create here!” Music to our ears and goosebumps ran down our arms.


Overall, the day was a success. Students and teachers alike were engaged and enthralled with a day full of learning.


Andy Hanes

Lower School Technology Integrator & Educator

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