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This year, 1st grade students will learn computer programming, 3-D design, animations, robotics, and engineering. Student will learn coding concepts using a cloud application called Students will explore robotics by solving challenges using the Wonder Robots Dash and Dot or virtual Dash and Dot. Students will also design and print items for the 3-D printer accessing an app called Tinkercad. Students will create digital animations using an MIT based app called Scratch/Scratch Jr. Throughout the year, students will solve "empathy" based engineering challenges. These challenges will require students to practice "design thinking" to find solutions to problems. Using recycled materials in the STEAM lab, students will build 3 dimmensional prototypes of their design prototypes and present them to the class.