Students from all three divisions had the opportunity to come to a special Hour of Code Open House Event in the STEAM Center on Wednesday, December 13. US Computer teacher Theodor Brasoveanu and MS Technology Coordinator Jamie Atkeson organized the event to celebrate all the innovative coding projects that are being worked on by our students, and to encourage everyone to try out a programming or engineering activity outside class.
The STEAM Lab was organized into activity stations where students could watch demos and learn about Lego and Vex Robotics, 3D printing projects, coding, and Arduino projects. There were also a few "show-and-tell" stations featuring computer games and simulations, robots, drones, and microprocessors. The Vex Robotics team shared the robots they are working on that will be competing in a "Battle Bots" style event at the end of January. MS Math teacher Brian Laskowski and his students demonstrated a Lego Robot that can solve a Rubik's cube. US Math teacher Will Asch and his students talked about an Arduino device they coded to measure the moisture level of our PDS compost, and add water as needed.
In a great example of cross-divisional learning, Mr. Brasoveanu shared that LS Science teacher Aaron Schomburg's 4th grade science class came to the STEAM lab to try some of the games and simulations our US students have designed based on a research project on Food Chains that the LS students did in the PDS Garden.
The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in more than 180 countries. According to their website, there are more than 150,000 events registered for Hour of Code this year.