This morning the Cornerstone second graders kicked-off their final week in the AT&T Classroom with a focus on coding and programming with Ozobot “Smart” toy robots. The Ozobot is designed to provide children with opportunities to learn simple coding language while also encouraging children’s creativity and skills for problem-solving and deductive reasoning. The Ozobot robots are programmed to follow black, red, blue, and green lines/paths. The device has sensors that recognize color sequences (also known as “OzoCodes”) and interprets the sequences as commands for directing speed and movement.
To prepare for their coding work, the second graders worked in pairs and learned to calibrate their Ozobots to be able to respond to the color code sequences. Next the students worked through an activity to observe the Ozobot’s navigation using a single black color line and then observed the Ozobot’s navigation on lines with varying color code combinations. Building from their observations, the children experimented with combining various color sequences to create OzocCodes to alter their Ozobot’s direction and speed.