Play Code Learn – Dinosaur Commands

Categories: STEM kits

About Course

Welcome to Play Code Learn Dinosaur Commands!

This is the third in a series of STEM kits designed and developed for learners, approximately aged 8 years to 12 years of age. It can be used both at home with family and/or as an educational resource in a classroom setting.

Dinosaur Commands uses a play based approach to learning with a practical kit that introduces and develops understanding of algorithms and a fun, educational app that takes students to the next stage of Digital Technologies (DT) understanding and knowledge with programming & Augmented Reality (AR).

Can students solve problems by giving instructions to Explorer Ed the robot?

Can they escape the apex predator – the Irritator?

3 easy steps to use Dinosaur Commands:

Use the unplugged cards to write, test and debug algorithms telling Explorer Ed how to move around the lands of the dinosaurs,

Practice algorithmic thinking using the Mesozoic age maps and the dinosaurs and reptiles of the Cretaseous period in the ‘escape the Irritator’ game,

Scan the dinosaurs and lands with AR mode in the ByteEd App. Use programming to help Explorer Ed visit the dinosaurs and escape from the predator!


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What Will You Learn?

  • Teaching activities to help you learn HOW to teach
  • Computational Thinking
  • Logical Thinking
  • Inputs and Outputs
  • Algorithms
  • Debugging
  • Decomposition
  • Pattern Recognition
  • Abstraction and Iteration
  • Augmented Reality
  • Conditionals
  • Functions
  • Events

Course Content

Challenge Activity Cards
Download and print the Challenge Activity Cards for Computational Thinking

  • Dinosaur Commands Challenge Activities for teachers

Learning with Dice
Download and print the Learning with Dice printables

How to Teach Computational Thinking with Dinosaur Commands
A range of teaching activities to be used in the classroom, integrated with a wide range of subjects.

Teaching Module for Dinosaur Commands
Lesson units of work exploring Computational Thinking and other Digital Technologies concepts with teaching slides and handouts.

Formative Assessments for Dinosaur Commands
Here you will find formative assessments you can download and print to use with your students.

3D Printing for Dinosaur Commands
Here you will find the resources needed to 3D print your own Explorer Ed, and dinosaurs from the Dinosaur Commands kit.

Creating 3D Models
Lessons to create 3D models and explore 3D CAD modelling software

Teacher Resources
A Set of resources to help facilitate learning and using the Play Code Learn STEM kits

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