Turning on the Lights

Introduce students to Code Cube™ and learn how to code it to create an image.

Grades 3-12 15 min Resource by:

In this lesson, students take their first step in creating code they can wear! The Turning on the Lights lesson shows students how they can create their very own image display on the Code Cube matrix. After students complete this task, they are challenged to explore how they can apply their learning to ELA, SEL, math, and science activities.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn how to make the Code Cube display an image that the students create.
  • ELA: Orient the reader by establishing a situation and introducing a narrator and/or characters.
  • SEL: Through self-awareness, identify emotions.
  • Math: Recognize a line of symmetry for a two-dimensional figure as a line across the figure such that the figure can be folded along the line into matching parts.
  • Science: Develop models to describe that organisms have unique and diverse life cycles, but all have birth, growth, reproductions, and death in common.

What You’ll Need



  • Computational thinking
  • Creativity
  • Critical thinking

Let’s create our very first image on the Code Cube. Students can follow the sample code provided in the student pages and can also plan out their design using the student worksheet. After they have completed the lesson, students can choose to further their coding prowess by completing the ELA, SEL, math, or science activities provided.

  • What image did you create with your Code Cube?
  • What was the hardest part about creating this code?
  • Why did you choose the image you coded?

For Students

  • In what ways besides how it was used in this lesson could you use the Code Cube?
  • What other designs would you have liked to create?
  • What are some ways that you could use your design to have a positive effect on the world?

For Teachers

  • Additional challenge activities are available for students who want to test out their newly acquired coding skills. If students feel that they need more coding experience before attempting a challenge activity, have them complete more lessons.

For more information on Code Cube, visit Pitsco.com/CodeCube. Plus, Pitsco Education would love to see your Code Cube classroom reactions. Follow Pitsco Education on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter and tag them using #CodeCube.