In celebration of Computer Science Education Week (December 8-14, 2014), Code.org is sponsoring and promoting a worldwide Hour of Code. (Hour of Code is organized by Code.org, a public 501c3 non-profit dedicated to expanding participation in computer science by making it available in more schools, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color.)
Where to Sign Up
To try your first Hour of Code, visit http://code.org/learn to choose a fun game-based tutorial (featuring Angry Birds and Disney’s Frozen), or find a tutorial app to download. There’s even a way to learn code on paper if you’re unplugged.
Feeling especially motivated to help? Organize a local Hour of Code event or camp. Sign up and start planning here.
Continue with Free Coding Lessons
Of course, the whole idea behind Hour of Code is to cultivate desire and enthusiasm for learning programming. So if you love your first hour, there are plenty of next-step code lessons available at Khan Academy, and they’re all free.
Hey, smart and computer-savvy girls! If you’re looking for an amazing and educational summer camp, check out the Girls Who Code Summer Immersion program!
The program provides an intensive training experience in robotics, web design and mobile development for girls in their sophomore and junior years of high school. In addition to classroom instruction, participants receive mentoring from female professionals, and take field trips to tech companies, such as Google, Facebook, and Twitter.
The Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program curriculum is designed and research-proven to engage and encourage young women in computer science. Each topic, activity and speaker is chosen to empower the young women with the skills to contribute to their schools and communities.
My daughter saw this solar robot kit in our Hearthsong catalog, and she is hoping Santa will bring it for Christmas. Ever since she saw the movie Wall-E, she’s wanted her own robot!
This one is a solar powered robot that can be configured into 14 different shapes. It includes parts that allow it to move on land and/or water. And it does bear somewhat of a resemblance to Wall-E! It’s $31.98 at HearthSong.
From the description:
Our solar-powered pal can assume 14 different modes, ranging from comical to educational, including a wagging-tail dog, running beetle, walking crab, surfer, and speedster. Yet it asks only for direct sunlight.
Here’s a video that shows how the robot works.
I’m kind of hoping Santa brings this robot for my daughter for Christmas. And maybe an extra one for me!
I’ve been infected! I’m obsessed with “The Walking Dead,” the zombie apocalypse television series on AMC. The show has just entered its fourth season, and I’ve found a scholarly extension to enhance my zom-pocalypse enjoyment and expertise.
The course uses examples from “The Walking Dead” to examine the way people live during survival situations. It’s a multi-disciplinary approach, examining “themes from the social sciences, health sciences, physics, and mathematics…”
Course topics include:
Foundation of Survival
Public Health and Infectious Diseases
Modeling a Zombie Outbreak
Thriving on a Post-Apocalyptic Diet
New Materials and The Science of Damage Control
The Science of Hope
Not only do I enjoy having an excuse to watch “The Walking Dead” every week (it’s educational!), but I really do find it fun and rewarding to exercise my brain and learn some new things. If you’re interested in the course, go sign up. And let me know what you think!