Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Library Hour of Code

Since Sean Hickey, our department's Technology Specialist, is also the school's Computer Science teacher, we decided the library was the ideal place to host an Hour of Code.

The Hour of Code is a global movement, "a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics."  We have Makey-Makeys and Arduinos and circuit boards and banana pianos and all sorts of wonderful things, so Sean's Computer Science class hosted the event during one of our tutorial periods (school-wide free blocks) and we had an excellent turnout.

The students set up stations where interested classmates could learn about various technologies:  Makey-Makeys, Arduinos, and other web applications.  

Of course, the banana piano was wildly popular:

A couple of students even modified the banana piano so they could play Flappy Bird--or Slappy Bird, as it involved into:

And that, obviously, was fun for everyone.