Codeweek Learning Bits

Feel The Code

by Alenka Miljević

Social and emotional well-being is the ability to be resilient, know how to manage one’s emotions and respond to other people's emotions, develop meaningful relationships with others, generate emotions that lead to good feelings and create one own’s emotional support network. The social and emotional skills that young people learn in school help them build resilience and set the pattern for how they will manage their physical and mental health throughout their lives. (Council of Europe).

The Learning Bit Feel the Code will enable you to foster your pupils’ social and emotional well-being by recognizing, explaining, understanding and responding to positive and negative feelings and emotions in order to build empathy and resilience. In this Learning Bit you will find inspiring and engaging activities to help your students develop skills to cope with different emotions through coding. Your pupils will learn how to express their feelings and how to react to their peers’ emotions with the help of a Bee bot robot.

The learning bit Feel the Code comprises three lesson plans that use a Bee-bot educational robot to create activities that encourage students to talk about emotions and develop empathy. In the lesson plan for primary school, pupils program a Bee bot to talk about emotions such as sadness, happiness, fear and anger and discover reasons why they and their peers feel these emotions. The lesson plan for lower secondary school encourages pupils to program a Bee bot, recognize their own and their peers’ feelings, understand what caused them and how to respond to them. The lesson plan for upper secondary school enables pupils to navigate a Bee bot and invent stories about feelings, resilience and empathy.

If you don’t have an educational robot in your classroom, this Learning Bit will provide you with ideas for unplugged activities that foster the development of social and emotional skills. The interactive below gives a brief overview of the activities that you can do in your classroom:

Ready to share what you learnt with your students?

Choose one of the lesson plans below and organize an activity with your students.

  1. Code - Feel - Learn for primary school pupils
  2. My heart isn’t made of stone for lower secondary pupils
  3. Code me to the mood for upper school pupils

Do not forget to add your activity to the Code Week Map!

You can easily organize a lesson in your classroom, an open day, or an event at your school. Just find a date and register your activity in the Code Week map. Each activity organizer will get a certificate of participation for their effort.

If you would like to connect with an international group of enthusiastic teachers, join the EU Code Week Facebook group for teachers! To take a step further and collaborate with other schools in your country or across borders – join the Code Week 4 All challenge.