Maplewood Families Celebrate with DASH

Maplewood fourth-graders in Ms. Cuozzo and Ms. Patino's class were hard at work recently designing a holiday obstacle course that would serve as a test track for their Dash Robots.
Maplewood fourth-graders in Ms. Cuozzo and Ms. Patino's class were hard at work recently designing a holiday obstacle course that would serve as a test track for their Dash Robots.
Our fourth-graders immersed themselves in the world of computer coding.
Our fourth-graders immersed themselves in the world of computer coding.
With the help of their teachers and the district’s Technology Integration Coach Janine D’Elia, keeping Dash on the right road was plotted out in ‘code’ so all the right turns were taken on their way to the north pole.
With the help of their teachers and the district’s Technology Integration Coach Janine D’Elia, keeping Dash on the right road was plotted out in ‘code’ so all the right turns were taken on their way to the north pole.
Each of the 5 teams in the class created their own ‘Holiday’ theme map that had their own DASH robot navigating obstacles
Each of the 5 teams in the class created their own ‘Holiday’ theme map that had their own DASH robot navigating obstacles
As proud parents looked on, students expertly navigated their robots around Christmas trees and Frostie the Snowman, carefully avoiding ‘lakes’ of hot chocolate and snow banks as they made their way to the North Pole.
As proud parents looked on, students expertly navigated their robots around Christmas trees and Frostie the Snowman, carefully avoiding ‘lakes’ of hot chocolate and snow banks as they made their way to the North Pole.
Problem-solving and creative thinking are a hallmark of the education approach called STREAM.
Problem-solving and creative thinking are a hallmark of the education approach called STREAM.

On Thursday, December 20th, 2018 Mrs. Cuozzo and Mrs. McQueeney’s 4th grade class at Maplewood presented their holiday design challenges to their families.  The students created maps for their DASH robots and successfully coded them using the Blockly app on their ipads.  With the assistance of Mrs. Teeter, 3D prints were also designed on Tinkercad, and printed on a 3D printer to go along with their themes. 

STREAM is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Research, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics to guide student inquiry, peer collaboration, and critical thinking.  In this process, students are able to problem-solve and be creative. 

Thank you also to Mrs. D’Elia for her collaboration and support to make this project possible. 

Way to Go Ms. Cuozzo and Ms. Patino's Class!