This section highlights some of the in-class activities and special projects in the primary years (Flex-6) in the current school year. Have a look at the 2011-20122012-2013, 2013-2014, 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 showcase sections and those of the lower secondary and upper secondary years as well.

These reports are in mixed English and German.

Hour of Code (2016)

The Hour of Code is a grassroots campaign, supported by over 200,000 educators worldwide, to introduce the basics of coding/programming to everyone who is interested, from 4 to 104. The Hour of Code takes place each year during Computer Science Education Week, which was 5-11 December 2016. More information can be found here:

Computing has such an impact on our lives, that students should learn its basics from an early age on. NMS also took part, among them class 6B as well as the Computing WUV/workshop with students from grade 6-10 and Flex A. One 6-year old: “I know what the problem was. I did walk, jump, but I should have done 3 walks, then jump, then the same thing. I can use a repeater.” These are not just games; students really learn the basics of algorithmic thinking, in a most engaging way. When you want to take it one step further, connect the code (created in Scratch for example) to the real world, using Arduino and Makey Makey. The latter is a kind of micro controller that, when connected to a device, is able to create a circuit which makes any conductive object (or person!) interactive. We've been using a banana for a controller and worked on an imteractive maze through the computer room. It doesn’t feel like learning. But it is :)

Annemieke Akkermans
Teacher / Head of IT NMS

Photos by Melanie Schindler & Annemieke Akkermans



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