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Type:Application Exercise

Estimated Time:60 minutes

Score Type:Auto Score

This application exercise automatically provides a score to your gradebook

Available Language: English

Vocabulary: Abstraction, Algorithms, Decomposition, Diversity, Informational Text, Inputs, Outputs, Social Justice, abstraction, decomposition, hierarchy, variables


  • Students will identify inputs and outputs of a given algorithm.
  • Students will apply abstraction in order to identify important variables in creating an algorithm.
  • Students will create a hierarchy by dividing a problem into multiple parts through decomposition.
  • Students will develop a problem statement.


Accessibility and Usability 

Information Technology > Internet > Accessibility and Usability 

Algorithm Development 

Information Technology > Programming > Algorithm Development 

All Aspects

Language Arts > Communication > Group Work > All Aspects

Analyze Algorithms 

Information Technology > Programming > Analyze Algorithms 


Mathematics > Process Standards > Problem Solving > Collaboration

Critical / Analytical Thinking

Language Arts > Life Skills Daily Life > Critical / Analytical Thinking


Science > Concepts and Processes > Problem Solving > Engineering


Science > Concepts and Processes > Student Application > Design Experiments > Engineering


Science > Concepts and Processes > Student Application > Questioning > Engineering

Impact on Society and Daily Life 

Information Technology > Programming > Impact on Society and Daily Life 


Mathematics > Process Standards > Problem Solving > Methods/Steps/Strategies

Problem Solving

Social Studies > Process and Literacy Skills > Social Science - History > Problem Solving

Problem Solving 

Information Technology > Student Use > Problem Solving 

Special Needs Adaptations 

Information Technology > Technology Use In Society > Special Needs Adaptations 

Teamwork and Collaboration

Information Technology > Technology Use In Society > Design Process > Teamwork and Collaboration

To Perform Some Task

Science > History / Technology / Social Perspectives > Engineering / Engineering Design Process > Model Construction > To Perform Some Task

how-to / process writing

Language Arts > Writing > Directions Instructions > how-to / process writing
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S.4.d Students exhibit a tolerance for ambiguity, perseverance and the capacity to work with open-ended problems.
S.5.a Students formulate problem definitions suited for technology-assisted methods such as data analysis, abstract models and algorithmic thinking in exploring and finding solutions.
S.5.b Students collect data or identify relevant data sets, use digital tools to analyze them, and represent data in various ways to facilitate problem-solving and decision-making.
S.5.c Students break problems into component parts, extract key information, and develop descriptive models to understand complex systems or facilitate problem-solving.
S.5.d Students understand how automation works and use algorithmic thinking to develop a sequence of steps to create and test automated solutions.
S.7.c Students contribute constructively to project teams, assuming various roles and responsibilities to work effectively toward a common goal.
2-AP-10 Use flowcharts and/or pseudocode to address complex problems as algorithms. (P4.4, P4.1)
2-IC-21 Discuss issues of bias and accessibility in the design of existing technologies. (P1.2)
ELA-Literacy.SL.6.1b Follow rules for collegial discussions, set specific goals and deadlines, and define individual roles as needed.
Math.Practice.MP1 Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
ELA-Literacy.WHST.6-8.3a Note: Students' narrative skills continue to grow in these grades. The Standards require that students be able to incorporate narrative elements effectively into arguments and informative/explanatory texts. In science and technical subjects, students must be able to write precise enough descriptions of the step-by-step procedures they use in their investigations or technical work that others can replicate them and (possibly) reach the same results.
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