Hour Of Code @ Rindge Ave Upper Campus

Hour Of Code @ Rindge Ave Upper Campus
This is the image for the news article titled Hour Of Code @ Rindge Ave Upper CampusWhat is an algorithm? What is the difference between hardware and software? How can programmers change the world? These were some of the computer science concepts discussed with 7th and 8th grade students in honor of the worldwide Hour of Code initiative, developed as part of Computer Science Education Week. Designed to increase the exposure of computer programming concepts to students of all ages and abilities, the Hour of Code website provided dozens of free sample activities for students to learn programming concepts through interactive games, puzzles, and tutorials. Now weeks later, over 20 million people have participated in the Hour of Code activities, double the original goal.

hour_of_code_content.pngIn 7th grade, students in Andrea Plate’s math classes used Google’s Blockly app to write algorithms calculating the number of seats on an airplane containing multiple variables. After successfully completing three puzzles, students moved on to the free K-8 Computer Science Course assembled by Students demonstrated knowledge of the computational concepts of sequencing, loops, and conditionals navigating Angry Birds and Zombies through increasingly difficult mazes. Any 7th grade student who wishes to continue  to learn more about computer science and programming by using the Computer Science Course may visit math class before school on any day to checkout a laptop or continue on their own outside of school.

In 8th grade, students in Meghan Papalardo’s math classes spent two classes learning about how to use programming concepts to create art projects showing translation and transformation. On the first day of class, students used more advanced stages of the K-8 Computer Science Course to explore spatial relationships and how to program shapes to move in different ways on a computer screen by starting with Stage 5 of the online course, focusing on drawing shapes. After completing Stage 5, students viewed sample Scratch projects showing tessellations and transformations to generate ideas for their own projects. On the second day of class, students demonstrated an understanding of concepts related to translation and transformation by creating their own project using Scratch.

hour_of_code_content2.jpgStudents and teachers alike had an extremely positive experience during the Hour of Code activities at Rindge Ave Upper Campus and were part of a new worldwide movement. As students move from the Upper Schools to CRLS, they can consider taking one of the popular Computer Science courses at the high school. Whether new to programming or a more advanced user, free activities are still available on the website to learn a variety of programming languages and concepts. As mentioned in one of the videos, programming is like magic, with the power to change the world. Learn programming today!