Input/Output: Computer Systems
This is the third of three modules fourth grade will complete this year. This module will take place every day during the students' writing time from April 2-May3.
Students will be learning coding while integrating science with technology, engineering, math, and language arts. They will also be using the Innovator Skills of collaboration, communication, critical thinking, creativity, and problem-solving throughout this module.
This module introduces students to computer systems infrastructure including basic computer hardware and digital data representation. Students start by comparing the computer system to a human brain, focusing on input, processing, and output. Students move on to learning about how data is stored in a computer.
Students learn about collecting data and representing it visually using programming. Students also create a reaction timer concussion diagnosis tool. The module culminates in a problem that challenges students to create a program that measures baseline brain fitness. Along the way, students practice breaking down problems into smaller tasks and using variables, events, and control flow structures.
With these new understandings, students will come to appreciate how computer programs can help people solve real-life problems. This module ties well with the Biomedical Science Launch module, “Input/Output: Human Brain”. Students will discover how similar a computer system and the human brain can be.