Free coding e-workshops


Are you searching for a way to engage your students in live synchronous learning? Science North is pleased to offer a series of new e-workshops to engage your students.  Supported by the Government of Canada, this FREE interactive e-workshop is delivered to students using video conferencing technology. With links to the mathematics and science curriculum, your students will learn about coding in a fun and hands-on way, without having to leave the classroom!  

Things to consider when booking an interactive e-workshop: 

  • schools must complete a connection test upon confirmation of booking 

  • maximum of 30 students per session 

  • schools need: a microphone, speakers, a projector, a webcam and a high-speed internet connection  

  • workshops for grade 4-10 also require individual laptops/iPads for each student participant 

  • e-workshops are a single point connection between Science North and one participating school 

Coding in Nature (Grades 1 to 3)

September 8 - December 31, 2020
30 - 40 minutes in duration

Animals such as the honey bee are able to communicate using sequences of steps, similar to what we know in coding as an algorithm. Students will use this workshop to learn how bees communicate and then create their own coding game that gives their own bee a sequence of steps to follow. Students will be able to play this game together and make their own variations that they can play with their family. 

Scratch Dance Party (Grades 4 to 6)

September 8 - December 31, 2020
1 hour in duration

During this workshop, students will be introduced to Scratch and use its block-based programming language to make an online character dance. A closer look at this session shows a focus on algorithm design and the use of the cartesian plane for the purpose of expressing oneself with dance. 

Intro to Game Design (Grades 7 to 8)

September 8 - December 31, 2020
1 hour in duration

Using laptops or iPads*, this intro to game design program will give students the fundamental skills required to create a simple game that incorporates movements, scoring and interactions between characters. In learning these skills, students will rely heavily on the cartesian plane, explore positive and negative integers, and be introduced to variable numbers.  By the end of the workshop students will have a functioning game that is unique to their creative ideas. 


Design an App (Grades 9 to 10)

September 8 - December 31, 2020
1 hour in duration

*Students must have a laptop to create the App*

Using block coding, students will be led in creating their very own PPE Checklist APP, useable on Android or iOS. While the Bluecoat leads them through the process, we’ll discuss the importance of personal protective equipment, and go through the basics of app design and how we can use coding to improve our safety in a lab space. 

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