Sugar Activities projects

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Sugar Labs split from OLPC, taking the Sugar software for the OLPC XO with it. Walter Bender, formerly of the MIT Media Lab and OLPC, runs Sugar Labs. Sugar is now available on a number of Linux distributions, and as Sugar on a Stick, on a bootable USB flash drive.


Sugar, Etoys and Turtle Blocks

Intro to Programming using Sugar Activities - Etoys and Turtle Blocks

Built on the ideas and technologies for One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) and the Sugar Labs software (remixed as IAEP - It's An Education Project). High schools students can learn about computing and programming by getting Sugar to run on their school-issued laptops, learning programming using the Sugar Activities Etoys and Turtle Blocks, and finally using these tools to create interactive science and math lessons. There are lots of opportunities for tie-ins and integration into other curriculum areas - English, Spanish, Social Studies, as well as Math, Science and Technology, as well as for Community Service - mentoring K-8 students locally and modeling discovery learning for learners globally.
High school


Background - OLPC, Sugar Labs and Activities

  • learn about One Laptop Per Child (OLPC), Sugar Labs, Sugar User Interface
  • find an article or page and a video on the web about OLPC and Sugar
  • find information about Sugar Activities for programming - Turtle Blocks (formerly known as Turtle Art) and Etoys
  • post a note about your experience in the Sugar Activities group Forum in the Sugar topic


Sugar Setup

  • download the latest versions of Turtle Blocks and Etoys
  • launch Sugar and experiment with the Activities - Journal, Write, Read
  • post a note about your experience in the Sugar Activities group Forum in the Sugar topic


Turtle Blocks

  • find 3 examples of Turtle Blocks or Turtle Art programs
  • recreate one of the programs yourself
  • modify and expand the program to do something more complex
  • post a note about your experience in the Sugar Activities group Forum in the Turtle Block topic


Etoys

  • find an example of an Etoys programs
  • recreate the programs yourself
  • modify and expand the program to do something more complex
  • post a note about your experience in the Sugar Activities group Forum in the Etoys topic


Programming project

  • Which of these programming activities do you prefer? Why? Post a note about your preference, describing your selection.
  • design and build a program to demonstrate a 3rd grade science or math idea.
  • show your program to the teachers and kids at Burns Science and Technology School via Skype
  • modify your program to incorporate suggestions from the kids
  • post a note about your experience in the Sugar Activities group Forum in the Programming project topic


Extra credit

  • Spanish - translate / summarize instructions from Spanish to English
  • Geography - report on a country where OLPCs have been distributed - population, form of government, average income, electricity, internet access
  • English - write a "Student Guide" for your program
  • Science - take a science lesson and describe how you can demonstrate this with a program
  • Math - take a math lesson and describe how you can demonstrate this with a program
  • AITR resource - build an activity to diagram sentences for Ms. Cunningham


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