Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Coding a Drone's Flight Path with Tynker

4th grade students in Mrs. Heather Vick's Computer Class at Casady School in Oklahoma City have been learning to code this year using a variety of websites and apps. These include:

  • Code.org (the sponsor website of "The Hour of Code")
  • Scratch (a block-based programming language free from MIT)
  • Tynker (a block-based coding language similar to Scratch, but for the iPad)
Among other things, Tynker supports Bluetooth connections to the Parrot Mambo Drone, which permits students to write block-based coding scripts that control the flight path of a drone. Today in our Lower Division Chapel service, 4th graders gave a short presentation about how they've been learning to code this year in Computer Class and are able to control the flight of the Parrot Mambo with Tynker. This 68 second video shows two of the students' Tynker-controlled drone flights from today's presentation.


Many thanks to the Verma family for donating the Parrot Mambo drone to the Lower Division so students can learn about some of the exciting ways coding can be used to control objects in the physical world! Kudos to Mrs. Vick (@vickhviolin) for bringing these exciting coding and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) learning opportunities to our students!


If your students or students you know in the Oklahoma City area are interested in learning more about coding, here are some upcoming summer opportunities to learn more from teachers in our Casady community. All of these classes, camps and workshops are open to the public as well as students currently enrolled at Casady School. Please help us spread the word about these upcoming opportunities to learn more about coding!
  1. 9th through 12th graders can take "Web Development (for credit)" this summer from June 13 - 30, 2017. Registration is available online. This course will be taught by Dr. Jason Reich.
  2. 9th through 12th graders can take "Programming Principles (for credit)" this summer from July 3 - 21, 2017.  Registration is available online. This course will be taught by Dr. Jason Reich.
  3. 5th through 8th graders can take "Minecraft Turtle Camp" this summer from July 10 to 13, 2017. Registration is available online. This course will be taught by Dr. Glen Emerson. (@emerson_glen)
  4. 3rd through 6th graders can participate in a "Scratch Day in Oklahoma City on Saturday, May 13th. Registration is available online. This workshop will be led by Dr. Wesley Fryer (@wfryer)




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