We Can Code IT's after-school program at Beaumont gives students the opportunity to engage their minds in new ways through computational thinking and by creating an understanding of...
Workshop Teaches Girls Computational Thinking and Computer Science What happens when when you pair together a 13-year-old girl and a 6-year-old girl to program together? A lot of learning! On Saturday, January 24th We Can Code IT hosted a Make Your Own Virtual Pet workshop at a residence in Richmond Heights. Ten girls participated. Their age ranges were a bit of a challenge since teens learn at a different pace than children under the age of ten, so we paired the younger girls with older girls to see what would happen. The result? The older girls loved showing the younger girls loved [...]
We were ready to teach kids how to code using a our Create your own Virtual Pet in Scratch workbook. Esperanza was prepared on their end with a brand new computer center. Everything was in place to get kids coding during the week of an Hour of Code. And then the inevitable happened. Esperanza's new computers went down right as we were getting started. This could have been disastrous, but we came prepared. We just so happened to have our Unplugged Code activity handy.
Believe it or not, you don't need to have access to computers to teach kids computational thinking. Students can learn some important practices with just a paper and a pencil. Here's a project kids can complete without any computer access. Even if you have your Hour of Code project ready to go online, you may want to keep this nearby as a handy backup in case the unexpected happens.