Students begin their learning journey by interacting with the unplugged kit, exploring the dinosaur world of Explorer Ed the robot, through a hands-on, play-based approach to introduce algorithmic thinking and computational thinking concepts. Once students have gained confidence writing their own algorithms and developed skills to follow and give sequential instructions, they progress to using the ByteEd App to deepen understanding of algorithms through programming (coding) and learn about innovative digital technologies with AR.
Key concepts covered in this kit
Step by step instructions
Teaching Portal: Support for teachers
A range of resources have been created to support the teaching of this kits in the classroom, including:
An interactive website with activities and resources explaining ‘how’ to teach computational thinking to your students and how to integrate use of the Dinosaur Kit series in both STEM subjects and other curriculum areas.
Challenge Activity Cards
Challenge activity cards explore the main concepts of computational thinking for each kit, complete with answers explaining how each activity links to computational thinking.
10-lesson unit of work (with 5 optional curriculum integrated extension lessons) to aid the teaching of computational thinking with students from age 4 to 8. Each lesson is supported with pre-prepared teaching slides and student handouts and resources.
Supporting printables for teachers and student assessment linked to curriculum.
Explorer Ed E-books
Downloadable ‘big readers’ for you to enjoy with your students. Can learners figure out where Explorer Ed will travel around the dinosaur land? Can Explorer Ed save the day?
Activities for ECE & Absolute Beginners
Introduce the basics to beginners in computer science through hands-on activities. Includes teaching activity suggestions and all printables for each task.
Introduce the world of additive manufacture with these downloadable .stl files of the Steps dinosaurs and Explorer Ed! Comes with teaching slides, helpful hints for printing, and teaching ideas with 3D models.
Video Tutorials for Teachers
Looking for more ideas on how to teach computational thinking and digital technologies? Need some more support with key concepts and how to use the Dinosaur Steps kit in the classroom? Professional development/learning to watch any time that suits you!
Dino Fact Cards
Printable fact cards for the classroom – use as you wish – with a blank template for students to create their own fact card for a dinosaur of their choice.
Dinosaur Steps teacher testimonials
I was also reminded of the need to teach the language of the digital technologies curriculum. Students were working with algorithms and they were learning the step by step instructions that needed to go on behind the scenes. I think this will really build on loosely understanding online coding and other tasks and game making that they might work on. The Augmented Reality (AR) with finding out more about the dinosaurs at the end was a fabulous touch.”