Bowling for Awareness with Coding


The past two summers, I have volunteered to help with students ages 11 and under who have epilepsy with creativity known as StudioE. The program is designed to have students express their creativity through art, design and engineering. This coming year, I am proposing in hosting two day session using  coding with these kiddos after reading Launch

Launch by John Spencer and AJ Juliani has become a must have book for schools working through makerspaces, creativity and just transforming student learning. Something I have been trying to do with my students in STEAM classes is showing they can be just as creative with duct tape and cardboard than with the latest App. However, as you know, I love bringing technology, gamification, playing and creativity together. What I’m planning on doing and I will be doing this next quarter with my students is having them create a bowling and hologram set using the App, Tickle.

img_4002  Tickle is a great coding App on IOS that allows you do everything from create movies to games. The project is simple, students will create their set of bowling pins using cardboard to plastic bottles. The created pins will be marked with fears and obstacles they are trying to overcome. They will then set up their pins by their own design and then students will code Spheros using Tickle (choosing purple of course) to knock them down. The students can set up the pins anyway they like, triangles, squares, random, ect. The player will then set up coding using the opening set up in Tickle and code the Spheros to “bowl” the pins over. What ever pins they miss. They have to reset their codes and of course try to pick up the spare.

This gives students a way to be creative, think about their designs, how to FAIL, rethink, and restructure their coding plans. You don’t have to use just Spheros either with Tickle. You can set up Dash and Dot from Wonder Studio, LEGO WeDo 2.0 and if you have the older version you can also set up Parrot Drones this way. This can all be done in one day, especially when StudioE takes place in 2 hour blocks and with a regular classroom, like mine this would be done over three days. Day 1 would be the introduction, Day 2 is creating the Pins, Day 3 is then writing the coding in Tickle and going bowling.

The next part is that students will then create an animated film on Tickle about what their bowling game means to them. Something that makes Tickle stand out from other coding programs is the ability to make personal animated movies using various characters in the App. Students can code a small animated feature with little instruction in less than 30 minutes with Tickle. Students will create a animated movie in Tickle and after it is exported using their iPads to create a 3D hologram. Students craft their 3D pyramids from clear sheets and turn their iPads or for some, their smartphones into three dimensional projectors.

They then place them around the room with their bowling sets and visitors can view each of the movies as they see students creation. It’s almost like walking through a Star Trek Holodeck. This teaches students how to craft, create, design, redesign, rethink and present. It is the main fundamentals of STEAM that also promotes Epilepsy Awareness, because the main way to fight Epilepsy is to talk about it. Try it today and watch as your students create and innovate.


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