Coding 2: Space Robots
“Hello Brave Space Explorer! Only someone who can speak to robots can find the treasure!“
- Indoor Treasure Hunt
- Ages 7 – 12
This ready-to-go, 10-part treasure hunt designed for ages 7 to 12 steps students new to coding through moving in set increments, repeating groups of code, conditional statements and forever loops. This is a great way for students to take a break from distance learning on the computer and give them a chance to move, while exposing them to useful skills like deductive reasoning, telling their left side from their right side, and introducing coding concepts. The treasure hunt has a space adventure theme (with robots and aliens)! This activity takes about 1 to 1.5 hours to complete, depending on the student’s age and familiarity with coding.
Easy to set up in about ten minutes, with hiding locations clearly laid out for each clue. Each puzzle leads to a common household item (see below).
1. A 24-page PDF with ten colorful treasure hunt clues, and an answer key.
2. A supplemental primer on how to read code blocks in the style of Scratch.
3. A supplemental handout practicing how to tell Left and Right relative to which direction you are facing.
TIP: Students learn how to apply code to the puzzles very quickly, and they are more likely to struggle with which direction is Left and which is Right relative to the puzzle, which is why this treasure hunt is rated for ages 7+. If you are unsure if your student will be able to determine left from right relative to the direction of their character on the puzzle, check out our other beginner coding treasure hunt, Coding I: Robot Pirate Binary, which uses absolute cardinal directions instead.
To use this treasure hunt you will need a printer, at least 10 pieces of paper (for the 10 clues, or 13 pieces of paper with the supplemental educational material and congratulations page), and the following hiding locations around your home:
- Bathroom Cabinet
Q & A
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