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In this video, you will digitally collaborate with your partner to brainstorm two lists of objects.

One list will contain at least ten technology items, like a microwave or a mobile phone.

The other list will include at least ten creative or unusual things.

These can be anything, like a body system, plants, animals, or sports.

Computer programmers use programming concepts to create logical, ordered instructions for a computer to follow.

Many technology items and things in nature follow the same type of logical order.

They have different parts that perform specific functions to create a certain outcome.

A toaster is one technological example.

When you push the lever on a toaster, electricity flows into the heating element.

It gets hot, then it toasts the bread.

When the toast is done, the bread pops up.

This is an example of Sequencing.

Sequencing refers to actions that occur in a specific order.

The programming concept Conditional can also apply to a toaster.

A conditional is an “if/then” statement that makes something happen if a certain condition is met.

If the knob is turned to high, then the toast gets darker.

If the knob is set to low, then the toast cooks for less time and comes out lighter.

A toaster can also use a Loop.

A loop makes a sequence happen multiple times.

If your toast pops up and it isn’t dark enough, push down the lever again to start the sequence over.

The heating element gets hot, the toast cooks more, and this time it pops up darker.

Repeat this sequence in a loop to produce darker and darker toast.

Go to the Google Slides presentation you opened in the last video.

If you and your partner do not both have editing access to the project, have one partner share it with the other now.

You will collaborate digitally in this one presentation from your own computers.

Type your names on the first slide.

Then, brainstorm your lists.

You and your partner will each brainstorm in the Google Slides presentation.

Come up with ten technology items and ten creative or unexpected ones.

Don’t worry about how every object exactly fits the programming concepts.

Just do your best to come up with a varied list of choices.

In the next video, you will learn more about these six programming concepts and apply them to one object from each list.

You will imagine how each coding concept might work with an item from your list in the same way it works in a computer program.

Now, it’s your turn: Go to your Programming Concepts presentation.

Type in your name.

And finally, brainstorm at least ten technology items and at least ten creative ones with your partner.

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Instructions
  1. Go to your Programming Concepts presentation and type in your name.
  2. Brainstorm at least ten mechanical or electronic items with your partner.
  3. Brainstorm at least ten unusual or creative items with your partner.
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