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Please be sure to check back with us every month for new coding challenges you can try with your students!

APRIL CODING CHALLENGES>>
April Coding P-2
Coded treasure hunt!
What if we could code our family and friends to go where we want them to go? We don’t need a computer to do that! In this unplugged activity you will create your own coded sequence and ‘program’ a friend to read and follow that code.
April Coding 3-5
Use Scratch to animate and bring your hand-drawn art to life!
April Coding 6-8
Use what you’ve learned about the MicroBit to create a device that will help other build healthy habits.
April Coding 9-12
Learn how to use the video sensing option in scratch to make an interactive game.
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MARCH CODING CHALLENGES>>
March Coding P-2
Learn about sorting, patterns, and secret codes with LEGO!
March Coding 3-5
Make your own carnival or arcade game using Scratch and Makey Makey.
March Coding 6-8
Code your own music using loops in Chrome Music Lab
March Coding 9-12
Python Games 101 Make a word jumble game using Python.
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FEBRUARY CODING CHALLENGES>>
February Coding: P-2
In this unplugged coding challenge, you’ll learn all about making secure passwords, and create a puzzle to play with a friend to decode the password using directional coding.
February Coding: 3-5
Choose Your Own Adventure with Google Slides
Learn how to plan and write a choose your own adventure style story to share with your friends.
February Coding: 6-8
Choose Your Own Adventure with Scratch

By designing scenes, sprites, and animations, you can code an animated choose your own adventure story in Scratch.
February Coding: 10-12
Code a Quiz with Google Forms

Use the information you learned in class to create a quiz to help you and your friends prepare for an upcoming assessment.
Make Your Own Adventure Story Planner
Download this activity to help students plan their story.
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DECEMBER CODING CHALLENGES>>
JANUARY CODING CHALLENGES>>
January Coding: P-2
Funky Functions
Explore and create functions with this tech-free coding activity.
January Coding: 3-5
Use Make Code Arcade to create a video game linked to a topic you've learned about recently.
January: 6-8
AI and Our Oceans
Use the Code.org App Lab to create a phone application linked to ocean sustainability.
January: 9-12
Google App Scripts
Kick-off 2021 by getting organized! Use Google Scripts to code a personalized goals and activities planners.
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December: P-3
Code a logic game on paper to play with your friends!
December: 3-5
Create symmetry with snowflake designs in TinkerCAD.
December: 6-8
Explore the radio function on the Micro:Bit to create a scrolling message.
December: 9-12
Use TinkerCAD to design a tool that could make winter easier for yourself or someone in your community.
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NOVEMBER CODING CHALLENGES>>
November: P-2
For this month's coding challenge create and play a No-Tech Coding Game:
Using index cards and computational thinking, create an IF/THEN game to play with your friends and family!
November: 3-5
For our upper elementary school challenge this month we ask you to watch the video and discover how to share your learning with an Interactive Poster:
Share what you know about a topic by creating an interactive poster with Scratch and a Makey Makey or MicroBit.
November: 6-8
This month's middle school coding challenge asks you to build your own Fitness Tracker:
Use a MicroBit and personalized code to design and create a fitness tracker.
November: 9-12
Our high school challenge this month is to code a game in Javascript:
Use machine learning to code an app using text-based coding.
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OCTOBER CODING CHALLENGES>>
October: P-2
October is Fire Prevention Month. For this month's coding challenge we ask you to use chart paper or your classroom floor to design a home layout including locations for exits and smoke detectors. Once you've identified where the safe exits and smoke detectors are located students can then code Dash or Bee-Bot to visit each smoke detector to change the batteries.
October: 3-5
For our upper elementary school challenge this month we ask you to watch the video and learn about changing backgrounds and costumes in your scratch project. Use these skills to then share some information about UN Sustainable Development Goal #3: Good Health and Wellbeing, using Scratch including costume and background changes.
October: 6-8
This month's middle school coding challenge asks you to use your mbot or Codey Rocky's ultrasonic sensor to help it maneuver through a maze with obstacles.
October: 9-12
Our high school challenge this month involves learning how to develop a single web page using script.google.com or your favourite notepad app to code and then rendering the web page with your favourite browser! We ask that you use this knowledge to develop an HTML website that helps raise awareness about your favourite United Nations Sustainable Development Goal :)
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Sarah Ryan
Program Director, Nova Scotia
Jeff Hennigar
Program Specialist
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Rachael MacKeigan
Program Specialist, Sydney Nova Scotia
Nellie Keating
Program Specialist, Truro Nova Scotia
Gary Gaudet
Project Specialist, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia
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