"Tell Your Lunar Gateway Story" Tynker Coding Challenge
Tynker has partnered with NASA to create 'Moon 2 Mars' Challenges as a cool way to spark kids interest on STEM subjects, especially space related.
These challenges were divided into 3 separate ones spread over a few months. This time around, the challenge was to create and imagine a story with the use of Tynker about how each kid's life would be like as an Astronaut on the Artemis Mission in the Lunar Gateway. For example: how they would go about daily activities like conducting research or exploring the Moon's surface. It's a fun way to see how students think and use what they've learned in class to create intricate animations with an element of storytelling.
Students find it more difficult for this round of challenge due to the reason that non has any experience in space or as astronauts. Furthermore creating a good story requires detail planning of the story flow, and putting together the right codes to make it work as per design. It was a tough challenge and some students did give up but we are glad that most of them persisted and made it through.
This challenge went live on Sunday, September 29th at 3:00 pm and close on Sunday, October 13th at 11:59 pm. Our students spent days and nights crafting their stories, designing their characters as well as putting all the codes together to create appealing stories.
The prize for winning would be for their classroom to have a Live Video Chat with a NASA expert on 14th of December, same week as Computer Science Education Week. Alvin, his family, and classmates, he will be celebrating his achievement on December 14, during the Live Video Chat with a NASA expert. This student was always one of the most creative we've ever taught and we're very proud of his achievement! Congratulations again Alvin Voon for winning and making us proud! You've earned this victory and all of Malaysia; especially Miri, Sarawak is proud of you!