This has been written by Autodesk Tinkercad as a resource to support the ‘Hour of Code™’. The Hour of Code is a nationwide initiative by Computer Science Education Week [csedweek.org] and Code.org [code.org] to introduce millions of students to one hour of computer science and computer programming. The 2018 Computer Science Education Week will be December 3-9, but you can host an Hour of Code all year-round.
Recommended grades: 6-8
Create a computer program that includes variables for control points and count-controlled loops
Fix a problem in an existing program in order to create something new
Describe choices made during program development using code comments
Compare tradeoffs associated with computing technologies that affect people’s everyday activities and career options
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