Hello hello. . .
In today’s coding series we are going to talk about planning, sequencing and forseeing the obstacles we might face .
So in the real world when we have to write a code, we break it into smaller problems or steps to follow.
There is a start , there is an end and there is everything in between. We follow a map aka algorithm .
A computer is like a machine. It cannot think on its own 😉
So when we humans write a code we need to give it a clear path .
Like explaining it to a newcomer in your town to reach his destination.
What you can do?
1. We need a grid. We used magnatiles.
You can draw a grid on a paper too.
2. You need a paper which says start and an end. We used a Snicker
Chocolate as a reward/destination.
You can use a healthy snack too
3. You need some arrow marks drawn on chits of paper.
4. Place obstacles randomly. Just make sure there is a path for them to reach the end.
Ask them to play
How to extend this activity?
I. Keep changing the location of the obstacles and the reward aka chocolate.
You would be amazed by the possibilities.
2. Sometimes there are more than 2 ways to reach a destination. Ask them to find the shortest route.
3. Ask them to predict/write the code before they use the arrows. Eg: 3 forwards, 2 rights etc
For young children/ toddlers.
1. We used a car and a simple path to follow for our toddler.
Our road led to the chocolate world