Learning Lab Highlight: Oh My! Cross Curricular Technology Integration

“Everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer …because it teaches you how to think.” - Steve Jobs

Are you looking for a way to integrate technology into your classroom learning??

At the Science Mill we recognize the importance of learning coding languages in educational settings. “Whether you’re trying to make a lot of money or whether you just want to change the world, computer programming is an incredibly empowering skill to learn,” (Hadi, the creator of code.org). The struggle for all educators then becomes how can I incorporate programming and technology into my day without taking away from my instructional minutes? We have a solution to your problem - our Oh My Ozobots Learning Lab!!

In this 45 minute lab, students work in pairs to complete a series of challenges with their tiny (and cute!) ozobot which incorporates approachable coding and programming concepts in a cross-curricular fashion. Combining student interest, classroom curriculum, and coding and programming creates a robust learning experience that highlights the relevancy of technology that allows students to envision how they could use this technology in future endeavors.

First, students use critical thinking and observation skills to figure out how their ozobot “reads” code.  Next, they learn how to program their ozobot in colorful fashion.  Using markers, pairs create a series of color-coded moves for their ozobot to read and follow. Students select a challenge for their teams and are asked to create a map for the bot to follow. Pairs are asked to have their ozobot explore a food web, tell a picture story, travel a map, create a timeline and code the ‘bot to walk the course of events, or create their own adventure!

If you‘d like to continue this technological journey in your classroom, the ozobots are for sale in our gift shop in the main lobby. This approachable teaching tool can be used to add a layer of technology to your student’s classroom experience!

Book your field trip experience and add an Ozobots Learning Lab now.