From Cornell Tech K-12 Education Director Diane Levitt:
On Monday, 4th graders took the subway to Cornell Tech's campus inside the Google building. After an introduction to the concept of a 10X Moonshot Sprint from Katy Kasmai (Sr. Engineering Project Manager at Google) and a short lesson on climate change, students got to work brainstorming solutions. First, they worked alone, writing ideas and, using a strategy Katy taught them, applying the phrase “Yes, and!” to extend their ideas (“People should ride bicycles. Yes, and we should create more bike paths. Yes, and bicycles should create energy to power phones and laptops while you ride. Yes, and bicycles should be able to make short flights, like drones, using wind power.”)
Students then graphed their ideas on the 10X moonshot sprint continuum, which measures increasing value and increasing complexity. The ideas that fall in the upper right hand quadrant—highly complex and of high value—are the 10X moonshot ideas. Once the students charted their ideas, each group chose an idea to develop further. They did research on climate change using NY Public Library online resources. Then, they sketched their solutions. Finally, they used Scratch to code their presentations. Every group shared their ideas at the end of the day.
All students also took a quick tour of Google during their day on the campus. Kids were highly engaged, active, curious, and super creative. I heard one student tell another, “This is the best workshop ever!” Of course they loved the visit to Google. We had 6 grad students working as mentors, along with Meg and myself. I was amazed by what capable coders the students are. We were super proud of the great work the students did.