Once your students have completed at least five lessons of Programming 101 or equivalent coding experience, you can assign these NCSS-aligned projects to complement your teaching on topics in history, geography, civics, ethics, and digital citizenship. For example, if you’re teaching a lesson on how the continents have moved throughout history, you can assign the Pangea project. Your students will use coding to animate Pangea breaking up into present-day continents and do their own outside research to provide additional information about how continental drift has influenced modern geography and ecosystems.

With this collection of Social Studies projects, you can easily integrate coding and project-based learning into your curriculum. Each STEM lesson walks students through how to make a project about something they’re learning in school with step-by-step instructions. At each step, it encourages them to make their project unique and interesting, emphasizing that coding is a creative medium much like writing or drawing.

We’re constantly updating our STEM courses with new projects, so if there’s something you’d like us to add, send us a message at

What Students Learn

  • Use programming for Social Studies projects
  • Build a slide show on a topic
  • Build a quiz game
  • Make an interactive chart
  • Use animation to illustrate
  • Narrate using your own voice
  • Troubleshoot and debug programs

Technical Requirements

* Online courses require a modern desktop computer, laptop computer, Chromebook, or Netbook with Internet access and a Chrome (29+), Firefox (30+), Safari (7+), or Edge (20+) browser. No downloads required.
* Tablet courses require an iPad (iOS 10+) with Tynker or Tynker Junior app installed and Internet access

Lesson Summary

Create a project that explains a topographical map.
In this lesson, students will explore an interactive map to learn about different landforms. Next, students will follow a step-by-step tutorial in the DIY (do-it-yourself) module to create their own version of the project they just explored! Activities include drawing landmark Actors; programming Actors to react when clicked (for web) or tapped (for mobile); writing fun facts about different landmarks; and layering Actors. “Step 6” of the tutorial includes extended activities, such as showing their project to a neighbor, discussing geographic features, and brainstorming ways to improve their project.

After completing the DIY module, students will be asked 5 multiple-choice quiz questions about different landforms such as hills, mountains, islands, deserts, rivers, and oceans. By the end of the lesson, students will have experimented with coding concepts (e.g., simple events, input/output, layers) while creating an interactive map that describes different geographical features.

Code Blocks

  • Landform: A physical feature of the Earth's surface
  • Hill: A naturally raised piece of land
  • Island: A piece of land completely surrounded by water
  • Ocean: A large body of salt water
  • Mountain: A very tall piece of land with steep slopes and a peak
  • Desert: A dry piece of land with little water and few plants
  • River: A natural flowing body of water

Students will...
  • Analyze a map about different landforms
  • Use code blocks to create an interactive map about landforms

  • Computers or iPads (1 per student) with student account access to

  • simple events
  • input/output
  • layers

  • CCSS-Math: MP.1
  • CCSS-ELA: L.RF.3.4.A, SL.3.1, RF.4.4.A, SL.4.1, RF.5.4.A, SL.5.1
  • CSTA: 1B-AP-11, 1B-AP-12, 1B-AP-15
  • CS CA: 3-5.AP.10, 3-5.AP.13, 3-5.AP.14, 3-5.AP.17
  • ISTE: 1.c, 1.d, 4.d, 5.c, 5.d, 6.b

Class Presentations

These student-facing slide presentations help educators seamlessly run Tynker lessons in a virtual or physical classroom setting. Each lesson has its own set of slides that introduce the big ideas, suggest unplugged activities, and include a section for each activity module. While running lesson slides, you can switch back and forth between the activity, the slides, answer keys and other lesson materials.
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Lesson 1
My Map
20 Slides
Lesson 2
Cardinal Directions
26 Slides
Lesson 3
The Equator
23 Slides
Lesson 4
15 Slides
Lesson 5
Physical and Human Geography
22 Slides
Lesson 6
Internet Safety
18 Slides
Lesson 7
19 Slides
Lesson 8
Government Systems
20 Slides
Lesson 9
Hunter-Gatherers and Farmers
21 Slides
Lesson 10
Historical People
18 Slides
Lesson 11
Trading for Goods
19 Slides
Lesson 12
World Map
20 Slides