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Thursday, March 9 • 10:00am - 10:45am
The Wonders of Tinkercad

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This presentation will dive into the wonders of Tinkercad. Tinkercad is a free program that allows students to enter the world of 3D modeling, circuitry, and coding.

In this session, participants will understand how to utilize the tool to teach circuitry and coding simultaneously. With key vocabulary being introduced, such as anode, cathode, potentiometer, resistors, ohms, and breadboards, participants will learn how to integrate this technology into their STEM classrooms.

Tinkercad also has the ability to simulate the use of an Arduino computer, and the coding necessary for its implementation. Coding can be done in block form or in text using C++. This can allow students to understand computing from a different perspective, and analyze the impact technology can have in our everyday lives.

With a demonstration of how to light an LED, and escalating to the creation of a timed traffic light, participants will be able to learn the necessary skills and pedagogy needed to implement this resource in their STEM or Computer Science classes.

The NC Computer Science Standards, derived originally from the CSTA standards, center around these five core concepts:
1. Computing Systems
2. Networks and the Internet
3. Data and Analysis
4. Algorithms and Programming
5. Impacts of Computing

This session will focus on standards 1 and 4 through the use of Tinkercad. Participants will not need any prior knowledge, for this session will provide the framing and context needed.

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Kelsey Ballard

Principal, West Edgecombe Middle School
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Tim O’Shea

Digital Literacy Coach, West Edgecombe Middle School

Thursday March 9, 2023 10:00am - 10:45am EST