McKean students use programming and design math

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How do our teachers have students practice angle calculations, metric measurement and distance per second calculation? McKean Elementary fourth graders program Sphero Robots to play golf! Students designed their own golf holes on the iPads, recieved approval, built their course and programmed the Sphero robots to play each hole. The goal was to get the Sphero onto the green in the least amount of “strokes.” They know that the Sphero goes about 22cm per 0.5 seconds at a speed of 50. They use this understanding along with the correct angle measurement to get the Sphero onto the green in the least amount of “strokes.” Be carful! If you run into sand, water, or a tree, that’s a penalty stroke!