Noble Elementary Students Create Parade Route Through Coding
Students at Noble Elementary School in Golden Valley read a few books about the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. They then made miniature parade floats and used a coding program to create a parade route for their tiny creations.
“Problem solving and seeing their excitement in solving a problem and seeing it work was just really, really rewarding,” said Rebecca Powers, media specialist at Noble Elementary.
The journey began when students read “Balloons Over Broadway” by Melissa Sweet.
“Which is about one of the creators of the big, inflatable balloons for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. He was originally a puppeteer, so that encouraged students to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade over the break,” said Powers.
The third graders then read books like “The Bear Came Along” and made their own mini-parade floats about the characters. Then, the floats were attached to mini-robots.
Fifth graders stepped in to create a parade route using special coding markers that communicated with the robots.