Computer Science & Coding

K-12 Computer Science & Maker Spaces

Inspired by Code.org, we have implemented a K-12 coding curriculum that introduces all students to the language of computer programming. In addition, Tonka Coders & Makers simultaneously offers and develops advanced level coursework for students aspiring to specialize in this area. This program is unique– one of the first of its kind in the state of Minnesota.

Computer programming skills have become essential to our students' success. This is not because they will all grow up to program computers, but because our students need to understand the science behind digital devices, which play such an important role in our modern world. Students need to create technology, not just consume it.

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Tonka Doodles

March 17: Saint Patrick’s Day

Created by: Braeden Knight and Kellen O’Connell

We chose to design for Saint Patrick’s Day because it is the most intriguing of the holidays. Another reason was, because the sprites are fun to draw.

March 20: Spring Equinox

Created by: Connell Flemming and Ricky Hillard

This project has been designed for sixth grade computer science. We chose to design for the spring equinox, because spring is the time of cold to warm, snow to grass, school to no school, barren trees to leaves.

April 1: April Fools Day

Created by: Alex and Sebastian

We chose April fools day because we like pranks and it is an interesting holiday. April Fools day comes on the first of April. holiday first started in 1585.

April 12: The International Day of Human Space Flight

Created by: Celine Sorour and Evelyn Malec

Hello, We designed for International Day of Human Space Flight. This day is celebrated on April 12th. We choose this day, because it was a huge success for NASA and helped with all the spacecrafts and inventions that were made.

April 15: National Titanic Remembrance Day

Created by: Sarah D., Liam S., and Tyler W.

We chose National Titanic Remembrance Day because the Titanic was the unsinkable
ship that sank. It is a tragedy that should be remembered. It is also an example that you
should hope for the best, but plan for the worst. It is a situation we can learn from to
ensure it doesn’t happen again.

April 22 : Earth Day

Created by: Jack, Larah, and Emilio

We chose earth day because we thought it was the best day. All of us think earth day is
a great day because we celebrate the planet we call earth that has had us on it for
thousands of years. We hope you enjoy it.

April 28th: National Superhero Day

Created by: Brooklyn, Zoey & Safaa
Created by: Owen, Sam and Gabriel

We choose National Superhero day because there are many superheroes in these
tough times, even the ones who don’t wear capes. Essential workers are some
superheroes I’d like to highlight, people who are hospital workers- nurses and doctors,
Teacher’s and many other people. Heroes are people that help others and care a lot
about people, they can be your friends and family. Sometimes heroes go unappreciated,
but from everyone, we’d like to say...Thank you to all of the heroes out there, we
appreciate you!!

April 30th: National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day

Created by: Eva, Marla & Mason

We chose to do our project in honor of National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day on April 30th.
Being able to use cute animals in conjunction with a real and important issue humanizes
the topic in general. Pets can help humans with disabilities do tasks and help keep them
safe. Also most pets are sweet and do no harm to humans. Pets can also help make a
person happy if they're feeling sad no matter what. That’s why we wanted to do National
pet day! Don’t wait to get a pet!

May 1st: National Outside Day

Created by: Brooks, Oliya and Andrew

This is important because every kid/Human should go outside everyday for the fresh air and exercise. In this Scratch project the letter T is jumping rope. The letter O is flying around the screen. The letter N is skateboarding. The letter K is playing basketball. The letter A is enjoying the outside.
 

May 4th: National Teachers Day

Created by: Emma G., Anders E. and Mira J.

We chose National Teachers Day because teachers have always worked very hard to educate people around the world. The Minnetonka teachers have always done an amazing job teaching students and May 4th is a day to appreciate them. Teachers work so hard to grade and put together lessons, but most people don’t acknowledge everything they do. May 4th is a day to appreciate what teachers bring to schools and we want people to recognize teachers and celebrate what they do.

May 5: Cinco De Mayo

Created by: Ella and Vivi

We choose to code Cinco de Mayo because it is such a fun holiday. We like all of the colors and music on this holiday. Plus both of us are in Spanish immersion.
 

May 5th: National Space Day

Astronauts risk their lives when they go to space. They have also done a lot this year such as
launching a rover to mars. Space is fascinating, and we think that some time should be taken to celebrate all
the beautiful things in our universe.

May 8: National Coconut Cream Pie day

Created by: Sierra Lindemann & Zac Magness

For our Tonka Doodle we chose National Coconut Cream Pie Day, so here is a fact about coconut cream pie. In the 1800 coconuts were hard to ship without spoiling, so they were cut up and the coconut meat was dried. Now, being easier to transport, they tried different ways to eat it and out came coconut cream pie!

May 22: Arthur Conan Doyle’s Birthday

Made By: Lucas Wrangle and Asher

For our Tonka doodle we are celebrating Arthur Conan Doyle’s birthday. He was born on may 22, 1859 in Scotland, and is famous for writing Sherlock Holmes. His birthday is May 22. He also got a medical degree at Edinburgh University. We picked this day because he wrote a book we both like (Sherlock Holmes) and is a great mystery.

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