Hour Of Code @ Rindge Ave Upper Campus
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.
In 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 Code.org. 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 Code.org 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 Code.org 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.
Students 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 Code.org website to learn a variety of programming languages and concepts. As mentioned in one of the Code.org videos, programming is like magic, with the power to change the world. Learn programming today!