Periodic Table of Coded Elements

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Rebecca Braungart  

A cross-curricular project comes to life! The students were assigned an element in science class, and in makerspace, we re-created the elements in a digital form. We used slides to plan, co-spaces and Google Poly for a 3D version of the element and block coding in co-spaces to code the electrons.

Audience: Coaches, Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: iOS, Windows, Android
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: We will be using CoSpaces Merge Cubes & ClassVR
Topic: Augmented, mixed & virtual reality
Grade level: 6-12
Subject area: Computer science, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.
  • Manage the use of technology and student learning strategies in digital platforms, virtual environments, hands-on makerspaces or in the field.
  • Create learning opportunities that challenge students to use a design process and computational thinking to innovate and solve problems.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this lesson was to enhance an understanding of The Periodic Table of Elements in Science. In the end, the students should have an understanding of the exactness of graphic design and the importance of taking small steps to achieve an overall goal through coding. The main challenge was the coding part, but they worked together and found solutions in video tutorials and in trial and error. CoSpaces is a great tool for design and early coding because you can evolve to java. When the project was finished, we had 52 elements!


In this session, I will be sharing our planning guide, a lesson plan, and showing examples of several degrees of understanding from the student library. There will be time for question and answer and an account set up for trial.

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Rebecca Braungart, Nardin Academy
ISTE Certified Educator

I work at a K-12 traditional and PK3-3 Montessori Independent, Catholic School in Buffalo, New York. Before I became the Integration Specialist, I was a 4-8 ELA teacher who dabbled in Ed-tech. After receiving my Ed Tech certification, I moved into my new role where I will now be teaching an intro to CS in the fall for Freshman. Currently, I am in charge of researching classroom tools, organize Professional Development for teachers, and have been tasked with Curriculum work to prepare for the integration of the NYCS&DF standards into our K-12 classes.

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