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Intro to Programming with Karel and micro:bit

The Introduction to Programming with Karel and micro:bit course merges the Physical Computing with micro:bit and the Introduction to Programming with Karel courses. Students learn prerequisite knowledge with Karel, and then apply these programming concepts to their physical micro:bit device. Note: The concept of variables is not covered by the Karel content, so supplemental content will be necessary.

Overview & Highlights

Level
Middle School
Contact Hours
80
Timeframe
Semester

Course Overview

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Introduction to Programming
Students meet Karel and learn the fundamentals of writing a program by giving Karel commands to complete simple tasks.
Intro to micro:bit
Students learn the basics of the micro:bit, such as how to light up and change the brightness of LEDs and how to use variables to write more versatile programs.
Functions
Students learn how to teach Karel new commands by combining existing commands and defining functions.
Super Karel and For Loops
Students meet SuperKarel, who can turn right. Students learn how to repeat commands with for loops.
If Statements
Students learn how to use if statements when solving problems. By having Karel check for specific conditions, students can write programs that can be executed successfully in multiple scenarios.
While Loops
Students build on their understanding of for loops as they learn how to use while loops to repeat commands while a specific condition is true.
Program Control with micro:bit
Students combine control structures, such as if/else statements and loops, with the micro:bit built-in and external sensors to write programs that react to the outside world.
Control Structures
Students practice using For Loops, While Loops, and If Statements to write complex programs.
Karel Challenges
Students solve some tricky challenge puzzles with Karel that combine the concepts they have learned throughout the entire course.
Advanced micro:bit
Students explore all of the capabilities of the micro:bit on their own as they research, explore, and teach their peers about new sensors.
Final Project
Students flex their creative muscles and write a creative program with Karel!

42
Lessons
42
Videos
51
Exercises
32
Challenges
107
Offline Handouts

Demo Programs

Explore programs that your students will build throughout this course!

Standards

Intro to Programming with Karel and micro:bit is aligned with the following standards

Standards Framework View Alignment
Utah 7 View (75%)
Utah 8 View (66.7%)

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