Doughnuts in programming – how to use the Scratch programming language to develop the logical and mathematical skills

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This article relates to the project “Doughnuts in programming – how to use the Scratch programming language to develop the logical and mathematical skills.” The project was implemented from October 1st to December 20th, 2014 by the Association “Parents in Education”. Computer Assisted Education and Information Technology Centre in Warsaw was an essential partner in this project.

In the project were involved the individuals from Warsaw primary schools such as teachers, students and parents. The aim of the project was the searching for the innovative solutions of methodological and education methods and to develop the social changes in attitudes towards mathematics. Its aim was also to enable students, parents and teachers to work together for active learning and the dissemination of programming in Scratch, in order to develop and promote the competence of the logical nad mathematical skills among the students.

In the project were involved twenty nine persons, divided into 2 – 4 person teams. The project was opened by the workshop for programming in Scratch for students and teachers. On October 8th, 2014  was organized the project seminar, on which there was present a special guest Prof. Michael Szurek from the Faculty of Mathematics, Computer Science and Mechanics of the Warsaw University.

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He entertained the participants with the mathematical tales to inspired them to create Scratch projects. The seminar was attended by eighty one students from Warsaw primary schools and thirty seven their teachers.

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After this event, each of the student teams under the guidance of the teacher worked to develop the two programming projects related to the mathematical topics.

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On December 8th, there was organized the seminar for summarizing the project. During this seminar student teams presented their works.

Additional information about the project, auxiliary materials, the content of the tasks and sample student works can be found on the project website (in Polish) – http://programowaniedlakazdego.oeiizk.edu.pl.

In the project there were also used as lesson scenarios developed for the students IV-VI grades of primary schools, by the Computer Assisted Education and Information Technology Centre in Warsaw during another program called “Masters of Coding” organized by Samsung. These scenarios (in Polish and English) can be downloaded from the http://wiki.mistrzowiekodowania.pl/index.php? itle=Strona_główna#Scenariusze.

Article written by: Maciej Borowiecki

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