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Seeing the Whole Picture


Social Emotional Learning

Experience Level

Grades 1-3

Grades 3-5


30-60 minutes

Group Size

Small Groups (2-4)

Compatible Robots

No Robot


No person has all the answers alone! Make sure to listen to what your teammates see in this Crack-the-Code challenge.

Downloads & Resources

Seeing the Whole Picture Trailer Seeing the Whole Picture Lesson Plan STWP: Teacher Answer Key STWP: Challenge Cards STWP: Student Answer Sheet STWP: DIY Challenge Card Template

Robots have lots of sensors that work together to help the robot understand everything around it. The light sensor is really good at telling the robot if the room is bright or dark; the sound sensor can tell the robot when there are loud or quiet sounds. Because the light sensor can only see light and the sound sensor can only hear sound, both sensors need to talk to and listen to each other to help the robot understand the whole picture.

Just like sensors, our friends can often see, hear, feel or understand things that we cannot. It’s important to listen to others’ points of view. When we listen to others, we see new things that we couldn’t see before, and it helps us understand the whole picture.

The Challenge:

It’s your team’s job to de-code a series of messages. The catch? You each only have a piece of the solution. Without looking at your teammates’ sensor data card, work as a team to decode each message.

- Player 1 can only see the secret code’s vowels.

- Player 2 can only see the secret code’s consonants from B-L.

- Player 3 can only see the secret code’s consonants from M-Z.

- Player 4 can only see the secret code’s blank spaces.


Congratulations on completing your coding activity! Your next steps are:

1. Share on social media that your class has completed an Hour of Code™ using the tags #HourOfCode and #iRobotEducation

2. Visit code.org/api/hour/finish to download your Hour of Code™ Completion Certificate!

Educational Standards

CSTA K-12 CS Standards


Collect and present the same data in various visual formats.


Identify and describe patterns in data visualizations, such as charts or graphs, to make predictions.


Model the way programs store and manipulate data by using numbers or other symbols to represent information.


Describe how internal and external parts of computing devices function to form a system.


Model how computer hardware and software work together as a system to accomplish tasks.


Determine potential solutions to solve simple hardware and software problems using common troubleshooting strategies.

CCSS ELA K-8 Language


Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.