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Computer Science Fundamentals Unit 7 Course F Lesson 3: Building a Foundation (2018)

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Title:

Computer Science Fundamentals Unit 7 Course F Lesson 3: Building a Foundation (2018)

URL:

https://curriculum.code.org/csf-18/coursef/3/

Content Source:

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Type: Lesson/Unit Plan

Overview:

New and unsolved problems are often pretty hard. If we want to have any chance of making something creative, useful, and clever, then we need to be willing to attack hard problems even if it means failing a few times before we succeed. In this lesson, students will be building a structure with common materials. The structure will be tested on its ability to hold a textbook for more than ten seconds. Most students will not get this right the first time, but it's important they push through and keep trying.

This lesson teaches that failure is not the end of a journey, but a hint for how to succeed. The majority of students will feel frustrated at some point in this lesson, but it's important to emphasize that failure and frustration are common steps to creativity and success.

Students will be able to:
- outline steps to complete a structural engineering challenge.
- predict and discuss potential issues in structure creation.
- build a structure based on a team plan.
- revise both the plan and the structure until they satisfy the challenge.

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Content Standard(s):
Digital Literacy and Computer Science
DLIT (2018)
Grade: 5
2) Create an algorithm to solve a problem while detecting and debugging logical errors within the algorithm.

Examples: Program the movement of a character, robot, or person through a maze.
Define a variable that can be changed or updated.

Unpacked Content
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students will:
  • create an algorithm to solve a problem.
  • detect and debug logical errors within an algorithm.
Teacher Vocabulary:
  • algorithm
  • debug
  • detect
  • logical errors
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • an algorithm is a logical set of steps to solve a problem.
  • detecting and debugging logical errors within an algorithm will ensure the algorithm serves to solve a problem successfully.
Skills:
Students are able to:
  • create an algorithm to solve a problem while detecting and debugging logical errors within the algorithm.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • debugging an algorithm is searching for logical errors within the algorithm.
  • an algorithm is a set of steps to solve a problem.
  • how to create an algorithm to solve a problem while detecting and debugging logical errors within the algorithm.
Digital Literacy and Computer Science
DLIT (2018)
Grade: 5
5) Develop and recommend solutions to a given problem and explain the process to an audience.

Unpacked Content
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students will:
  • develop and recommend solutions to a given problem.
  • explain the development process to an audience.
Teacher Vocabulary:
  • process
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • steps of the problem-solving process.
  • many solutions exist to solve a problem.
Skills:
Students are able to:
  • develop and recommend solutions to a given problem.
  • share their process with others.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • problems can have multiple solutions.
Digital Literacy and Computer Science
DLIT (2018)
Grade: 5
28) Develop, test, and refine prototypes as part of a cyclical design process to solve a complex problem.

Examples: Design backpack for a specific user's needs; design a method to collect and transport water without the benefit of faucets; design boats that need to hold as much payload as possible before sinking; design models of chairs based on specific user needs.

Unpacked Content
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students will:
  • develop prototypes as part of a cyclical design process to solve a complex problem.
  • test prototypes as part of a cyclical design process to solve a complex problem.
  • refine prototypes as part of a cyclical design process to solve a complex problem.
Teacher Vocabulary:
  • develop
  • test
  • refine
  • prototypes
  • cyclical design process
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • how to use the design process to solve a complex problem.
  • strategies for creating a prototype as part of a cyclical design to solve a problem.
  • strategies for testing and refining prototypes as part of a cyclical design process to solve a complex problem.
  • characteristics of a cyclical design process.
Skills:
Students are able to:
  • develop, test, and refine prototypes as part of a cyclical design process to solve a complex problem.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • developing, testing, and refining are necessary steps in creating an effective prototype.
Tags: algorithm, debug, frustration, persistence, unplugged
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