Plate Tectonics Activity: Dash Robots Coding

Plate Tectonics Activity: Dash Robots Coding
Plate Tectonics Activity: Dash Robots Coding
Plate Tectonics Activity: Dash Robots Coding
Plate Tectonics Activity: Dash Robots Coding
Plate Tectonics Activity: Dash Robots Coding
Plate Tectonics Activity: Dash Robots Coding
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Trying to find activities that incorporate both content standards and computer science standards? With the introduction of computer science standards, we need to be exposing and training students on basic coding skills in elementary school. However, how can we accomplish this AND teach our core content within the time constraints we’re facing? Move beyond basic plate tectonics worksheets with this exciting coding activity!

This plate tectonics activity beautifully combines the science content (plate tectonics) with block coding (Dash robots). Students will use planning sheets to apply their knowledge of plate boundaries. The activity then takes it a step further by challenging students to use basic coding knowledge in order to code Dash Robots to behave as plates at each type of plate boundary.

This activity includes:

•Student planning pages including three types of boundaries: Divergent, Convergent, & Transform

•Basic coding commands within the Dash Blockly app

•Answer keys for student planning pages

•Detailed teacher notes

•Coding answer keys (allows teachers to see exactly what coding blocks should be sequenced in order to successfully complete each challenge)

•3 Videos that show Dash robots executing the correct coding sequences


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Analyze and interpret data from maps to describe patterns of Earth’s features. Maps can include topographic maps of Earth’s land and ocean floor, as well as maps of the locations of mountains, continental boundaries, volcanoes, and earthquakes.
Construct an explanation based on evidence for how geoscience processes have changed Earth’s surface at varying time and spatial scales. Emphasis is on how processes change Earth’s surface at time and spatial scales that can be large (such as slow plate motions or the uplift of large mountain ranges) or small (such as rapid landslides or microscopic geochemical reactions), and how many geoscience processes (such as earthquakes, volcanoes, and meteor impacts) usually behave gradually but are punctuated by catastrophic events. Examples of geoscience processes include surface weathering and deposition by the movements of water, ice, and wind. Emphasis is on geoscience processes that shape local geographic features, where appropriate.
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