Stage 9: The Farmer Puzzles

Stage 9-1a

Stage 9 of the Coding activities from is called The Farmer.  Instead of drawing lines like the puzzles from Artist 1 and Artist 2we get to move in straight lines but then we take some sort of action after moving.  In this case, we either fill holes or remove piles of ! (just kidding about the ! part).  I can’t guess what Computer Science concept this is illustrating so I won’t even attempt to say anything more.

The puzzles were not difficult.

Newsflash!   The gobbily-gook that I call Javascript—-my 9 year old and 12 year old boys say they UNDERSTAND and can write because of their time playing Minecraft!  Wow! What a revelation to me!  I have this love-hate relationship with Minecraft but I never realized that all that weird stuff they were typing in the “Command Window” was actually real programming language.  Well, I am certainly gob-smacked because all that goobily-gook looks like Greek to me and I don’t think I’ll ever move from coloured blocks to a real Coding language.  I’m not worried about the typing bit but how do you know if you’ve done your spacing correctly?  I know that every little letter, number, and space counts…

Stage 9-2A

Same code as above but in Javascript

Same code as above but in Javascript


If Minecraft can teach a 9 year old to use Javascript, I’m seriously impressed!

If you’re really geeky, you might want to take this free online course by Harvard to learn to code.  The course is called Introduction to Computer Science, Harvard CS50X

We are now half-way through the 20 Hours/Stages Coding Course.  The next stage will be Conditionals.  (There are way too many new concepts and vocabulary terms to keep straight.  I keep on having to revisit my notes over and over.  It would be a good idea for students to have a little notebook dictionary to write down all these new terms.  I’m going to get one for myself tomorrow 😉  )


About Vivian

Vivian @ChezVivian is a Canadian-born Chinese, currently living in Switzerland. She has also lived in Hong Kong and Indonesia. She holds a M.S. (focus: Educational Technology Integration), B.Ed and a B.A. and graduate studies in Kodály and Orff music pedagogy. She is an elementary school classroom generalist, but has also taught as a music specialist, ESL/EAL and also in Learning Support. Most of her teaching career was in International Schools in Hong Kong. She is excited about the IBPYP and the possibilities of using technology to Inquire. Recently, she has been looking at the opportunities that computer programming gives to put #TECHXture back into the hands of children. In other words, technology need not be just about looking at screens. It can be about building things with our hands; and computer programming levels-up what children can do with the things they build---encouraging higher thinking skills. She is a Coetail Post-graduate Certificate grad ('13-'14), a former Coetail Coach and one of the co-founders of #CoetailChat. Her blog home curates her assignments for Coetail and her M.S. graduate studies about Educational Technology integration and anything else educationally-related that she feels inspired to write about. Her twitter tagline sums it up: "Mom to 4, Mentor, Educator, Musician (in that order)".
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3 Responses to Stage 9: The Farmer Puzzles

  1. shakira gibson says:

    i honestly didnt get any help at all from what you completed .

    • Vivian says:

      Hi Shakira

      Thanks for your comment. My blogposts are primarily meant to be lesson notes for myself to remind myself of things as I teach the various stages to my students. If they can help other teachers too, that is bonus. 🙂

      The blogposts are meant to give context to what each Stage is about (How does this stage fit in the entire 20 hours of the program?), and not meant to give solutions actually. Your teacher should have the solutions in his/her dashboard. If my suggestions to students from this blogpost don’t bring you closer to the answer, then ask your teacher to help you with it (my last suggestion on that blogpost). Good luck. 🙂


    • Vivian says:

      I made a blogpage for all students coming to my site looking for answers to the puzzles: