Monday, November 25, 2013

Rainbow Loom Bracelets and....coding???

Walk down the hall of any elementary school and you will see students decked out in "Rainbow Loom" bracelets - basically mini-rubber bands woven together on a plastic loom.  As you can see from the picture above, they come out looking like a rainbow and kids are making them into bracelets, necklaces, name it.  How are these like coding?

"Coding:making a rainbow loom bracelet.  It is like that because in rainbow loom, if you put the rubber band in the wrong way, the bracelet will fall apart.  It's the same with coding.  Also, in programming you can make the computer do anything.  In rainbow loom, you can make any color bracelet.  In programming, you can make patterns and in rainbow loom you can make patterns.  That is how they are alike."

Here's one more coding analogy based on her experience with Blockly and Scratch:

"Coding is like reading the rules for a game.  Missing a rule in the game might ruin the entire game, just like missing a block will ruin the maze.  Also, you have to know which rules go first, just like you have to put the blocks in order.  You should have a pretty good idea of how the game will go almost like you should know how and where the sprite will go."

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