During the pilot lessons, students at Kosei Junior High School in Niigata, Japan, developed a program in Scratch which controlled the toasters during the cookie-baking process. The curriculum takes students into new ground, expanding beyond traditional applications for programming in mathematics and physics into chemistry and biology.
Advice and feedback from many people have been incorporated into the curriculum, which gives students new opportunities and exposure to new people and new things. The school feels very excited about the possibilities for cross-curricular learning.
In this case, students got excited about the idea of helping others and learned about the joy of cooking for someone. These lessons have opened the students' eyes to what programming can do and encouraged them to challenge themselves.
Panasonic plans to keep on testing the curriculum and developing more spaces that allow children to play and create through programming.
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