Prince Rupert Middle School students demonstrate how to program a drone on Dec. 7. (Matthew Allen / The Northern View)

Students learn how to code a drone in SD52

Prince Rupert Middle School students tested their programming skills during the Hour of Code

The high pitched sound of buzzing drones echoed through the halls of Prince Rupert Middle School (PRMS) on Dec. 7 as the school’s students used their coding skills to program the small machines.

The activity was a part of School District 52’s (SD52) participation in the annual Hour of Code event which took place from Dec. 3-9.

“It’s great to see these kids having an opportunity to develop these skills in the classroom,” said PRMS vice principal Peter Scott.

Every year, more than 3,000 students from across the country practice their coding skills in a variety of activities throughout the week.

These activities are designed to help the students build critical and computational skills that are critical in the modern work place. In addition to the drones, students have been learning to program with miniature robots, computer generated avatars, Ozobots, and programmable spheres called Spheros.

Scott said they enjoyed having the opportunity to develop and explore their skills.

“You can definitely see the problem thinking going on where they’re trying to test something and then retest so it’s really building that perseverance in each student,” he said.

The students used block codes to program the drones, which could be directed to fly in specific routes or patterns.

Jacob Taylor, a Grade 8 student at PRMS, loves to program and said doing it at school doesn’t feel like work.

“My life is programming, I’ll do Scratch, Unity, drones because I like learning new things and it’s my favourite things,” he said. “I asked my parents to buy me one of the drones for Christmas.”

READ MORE: Robots take over Roosevelt Elementary School for programming competition

READ MORE: Coding camp brings programming skills to North Coast students



newsroom@thenorthernview.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Sd52

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Terrace cab stolen, found destroyed along Hwy 16 riverbank at rest stop near Prince Rupert

Driver was sent to hospital after stealing the running vehicle from company lot

$750K for Metlakatla erosion control

New funding for community shoreline

Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs call for end of police patrols

Temporary closure of field office not enough to meet demands

Chinese New Year celebrates 2020 year of the rat

Lions woken in rare traditional Chinese New Year ceremony

CGL must revise impact assessment on Unist’ot’en Healing Center

Environmental Assessment Office not satisfied with report’s shortcomings

VIDEO: B.C.’s seventh coronavirus patient at home in Fraser Health region

Canada in ‘containment’ as COVID-19 spreads in other countries

B.C. takes over another Retirement Concepts senior care home

Summerland facility latest to have administrator appointed

Prescription opioids getting B.C. addicts off ‘poisoned’ street drugs

Minister Judy Darcy says Abbotsford pilot project working

Royals, Elvis, Captain Cook: Hundreds of wax figures find new life in B.C. man’s home

Former director of Victoria’s Royal London Wax Museum still hopes to revive wax figure tourism

Teck CEO says Frontier withdrawal a result of tensions over climate, reconciliation

Don Lindsay speaks at mining conference, a day after announcing suspension of oilsands project

Okanagan man swims across Columbia River to evade Trail police

RCMP Cpl. Devon Reid says the incident began the evening of Thursday, Feb. 20

‘Hilariously bad’: RCMP looking for couple with forged, paper Alberta licence plate

Mounties said the car crashed when it lost a wheel but the duo ran away as police arrived

UPDATE: Two missing scout leaders found near Sooke after swollen creek traps troop

Third leader and scouts located, prior to search for two leaders who’d gone for help

Most Read