A child’s guide to programming: 1, 2, 3... codez! (French)
Designed in collaboration with Inria and France-IOI, and published by Le Pommier, 1, 2, 3... codez! is the first teaching manual dedicated to programming to be produced by the La main à la pâte foundation, established with the aim of improving the quality of science and technology education in France. It offers teachers and pupils in nursery, primary and middle schools a series of worksheets and turnkey sessions allowing children to familiarise themselves with the computer and digital world.
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1, 2, 3... codez! with Thymio: making programming accessible to children
Can robotics be taught effectively and coherently in schools? One thing is certain, La main à la pâte has taken a huge step forward in this regard with its first computer programming teaching manual aimed at pupils under 11 and their teachers as part of its Class’Code project.
The turnkey sessions detailed in 1, 2, 3... codez! have been tested in classes and are organised according to different themes and age groups. There are also fact sheets and educational and scientific annexes for teachers.
- Level 1: a first introduction for nursery children, who will learn how a robot works. Particularly popular in the learning process are the Thymio robots, although it’s also possible to organise workshops without any robotics hardware.
- Level 2: pupils take their first steps in programming with fun activities, including challenges to be tackled by a hero: decipher a message, map out a route, etc.
- Level 3: children straddling primary and middle school are invited on a guided tour of an unknown planet by performing encoding operations, before discovering the planet in question in Scratch.
A guide designed to meet teachers’ expectations
Schools are increasingly expected to teach information technology, programming and robotics, but not all teachers are fully equipped to do so, often due to lack of equipment or specific training. Completing the programme can be hard work.
1, 2, 3... codez! can be used in parallel with Thymio educational robots, but there are also activities that can be done on a computer, tablet or other robot, depending on the material available in class.
Some sessions are even possible with no equipment at all, to encourage another form of learning through “computer thought”.
Technical specifications of the 1, 2, 3... codez! guide
- Designed for pupils from nursery through to middle school
- Authors: Claire Calmet, Mathieu Hirtzig and David Wilgenbus
- Publisher: La main à la pâte, Editions Le Pommier
- 358 pages
- Paperback, colour
- ISBN: 978-2-7465-1106-4
It is possible to program the Thymio educational robot from an iPad, thanks to the Thymio Suite Mobile application (see our Thymio product sheet for more details).
Yes, there is a replacement battery for Thymio, that is available on Génération Robots website. Open the 4 screws on the bottom, open the case and carefully remove the battery from the mainboard.
The battery is fixed with a doubled sided tape on the case. Replace the battery and reassemble the robot in the inverse order.
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You will just need to follow the manufacturer pairing instructions on this link.
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Try to charge the robot with a different USB cable. The robot might also be deep discharged. If it's the case, you might want to check our article 'How to check if your Thymio is functioning correctly ?'.
Yes, it is possible. You just need to buy the WiFi module for Thymio and follow these instructions to install it (please note that some soldering is required). Just follow this link.
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Thymio will be interesting for a very wide age range: 6 to 14-year old!
Yes, you can program Thymio with Scratch from the Thymio Suite software. Thymio Suite offers you the possibility to program Thymio with Scratch, Blockly, VPL, Aseba, on computer (Windows, MacOS, Linux) and iPad.
We have gathered the best educational resources, classified by levels or by robots on our website. They are accessible via this link.
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Thymio Suite, the software bundle that was developed for Thymio is not compatibel with ChromeOS.
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