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Programming (5/13)


From the Series: Look Kool S2 (13)

Subjects: Children's Films, Children's Stories: Live Action, Engineering, Geometry, Humour, Mathematics, Measurement, Music, Physics, Science, Technology

Producer: Apartment 11 Prod.
Country of Origin: Canada
Available in French: No
Running Time: 22 mins
Closed Captioned: Yes
Copyright Date: 2016
Study Guide: See link below


Suitable for Grades 2-6 - 

Uh oh, Koolkatt is on the fritz! When Hamza can't get his beloved robot cat to behave, he discovers that his pet is made of all kinds of cool parts, including a computer! To fix Koolkatt, Hamza must learn how to speak to computers. But how?
 
INVESTIGATION/HANDS ON:
Michael and Erin take a look for computers in likely and unlikely places. Sometimes it’s a lot harder to tell than you’d think! They meet Angela, who uses her programming skills to make fantastic gadgets. She shows them how to make their own toaster Koolkatt meow to the rhythm of their heartbeats.
 
CHALLENGE:
Today’s challenge is all about writing robot computer code. Our challengers have to program their ‘robots’, using simple code commands, to follow a puzzle designed by the opposing team. They have to put their commands in exactly the right order, or they will lose points. On your mark, get set, code!
 
INTERVIEW:
Who better to explain how to talk to computers than Hamzoid, a futuristic hyper-logical android! Hamza learns the hard way that you have to be very careful about how you talk to computers, because they take everything literally!
 
BRAIN BENDER:
Evan and Alyssa have to figure out how to transport a fox, a chicken, and a bag of grain from one side of a river to the other, without anything getting eaten. The tricky part is that their boat can only hold one piece of cargo at a time.
 
EDUCATIONAL TAKE AWAY:
A computer’s ‘brain’ is also called a microprocessor. That’s what makes the difference between a simple electronic device that can be turned off or on, and a computer that can be programmed.
 
Computers don’t recognize words like humans do, they use numbers. People have invented their own languages that can be easily translated into numbers that computers can understand. We use these languages to tell computers what to do, and that is called programming.
 
Computer programs are made out of commands. You have to give a computer the exact command in the right order.