students in computer lab during hour of code

 

Hour of Code 2017 Special Events 

Hour of Code is an annual, week long celebration of computer coding. Every student in the district will receive coding instruction between December 4 - December 8th, 2017. These events are mostly opportunities to experience coding outside regular school hours. They are open to students attending Somerville Public Schools and families of Somerville students.

December 4, 2017

CSEdWeek Kickoff

Somerville High School  
Monday, December 4, 2017
12:30 - 1:30 & 1:30 - 2:30 
Lunch time show & tell with Googlers -- VR Expedition and Teachable Machines. An afternoon Hour of Code sessions with Google Engineers (20-30 students) on Scratch, Google Doodle and Virtual Reality

 

December 5, 2017

Virtual Reality

Kennedy School
Tuesday December 5, 2017
2:45-4:00: Grades 1-3
4:15-6:15p: Grades 4-8.
This event involves kids using school computers to build 3D virtual worlds, and then viewing those worlds in Virtual Reality, using their own smartphones (or those shared by other kids or by parent volunteers) and Google Cardboard devices loaned to us by the Kennedy school. In the Grade 1-3 session, the kids will create their worlds by dragging and dropping objects into the scene. In the Grade 4-5 session, the kids will create worlds in the same way, but will also be able to bring their objects to life with some simple coding. Kids will also get a chance to experience professional Virtual Reality demos using the Oculus Rift.
Sign up contact: Kurt Hanson, kurt@moltenlava.net or Len Granowetter, lengrano@mak.com

 

Build A Bot, Empow Studios, IZZI, Brandeis University, Design A Space with Stick Together

East Somerville Community School
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Students will participate in a raffle. (10 prizes which include a robot ) and this event will also include a catered dinner.
  • Parts and Crafts - Open Build A Bot- An open craft table with a mixture of crafting supplies. Build something and make it move! Papercraft circuits - Make a light-up card by building a simple circuit and switch on paper with LEDs batteries, and copper tape . Microbit robotics and they will also demo some simple robots using the BBC Micro:bit .
  • Empow Studios brings technology, arts, and play together to help young learners discover and build on their creative talents. They currently teach at over 50 schools, libraries, and partner organizations, covering topics that combine art and design, engineering and coding. Their curriculum is designed for children in grades 1-8 and it includes projects that students are proud to share with family and friends. Themes include coding, video game design,3D modeling and printing, robotics, animation, and more! At the makerspace, you can get exclusive access to their Lego Mindstorms, EV3 robotic animals that use color recognition and motion detection, beta-test games made by kids in their programs and immerse yourself in Virtual Reality.  Taylor Tutwiler
  • East Somerville's own Hugo Cabre-Jockovich -second grader and sister Gabriela Cabre-Jockovich- seventh grader will run the IZZI table . The goal of this brain challenge is to assemble the tiles into 8x8 square following the IZZI rule : In order to place two tiles adjacent to one another, their colored edges must match up precisely. Black touching black and white touching only white See if you can outwit my students !!!
  • Brandeis University -Ian Roy- Director for Research Technology and Innovation, Head of Brandeis MakerLab, Licensed FAA Section 107 sUAS Remote Pilot, Staff Advisor to Brandeis 3D Printing, Staff Advisor to Brandeis VR Club, Staff Advisor to Brandeis Aviation Club, Staff Advisor to BITMAP.  The drones are amazing !
  • East Somerville's own Nathalya Castillo Salmeron-eighth grader Design A Space with Stick Together- Creating Colorful Collaborations One Sticker At A Time- Perfect for all age groups 5- 105 just follow the color key codes
 

Robot Rodeo

Winter Hill Community Innovation School   
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
4:30-6:00pm    
Grades PreK-8
Come and check out the Sphero and Lego robots that live at the Winter Hill Library.  You will have the opportunity to program these robots through a series of challenges involving the dark, paint, water, and other fun materials.  See how much you can do with one little robot!  Students from grades PK through grade 8 are welcome to attend.
 

Programming Robots 2017

Albert F. Argenziano School at Lincoln Park
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
5:00-7:00pm
RSVP Required: Elisa McDowell, emcdowell@k12.somerville.ma.us
Grades 4-8 recommended but all ages welcome
Limited to 24 students (parents welcome and encouraged to attend), 
Coding doesn’t have to live on a computer, tablet or phone: it can be used to make robots move, react, and dance! Learn how to use fun and accessible coding languages that are as easy as a coloring a picture or a snap-together puzzle, to program Sphero and Ozobot robots. ​This session is limited to 24 students and will be offered at the Albert F. Argenziano School. All ages are welcome, but we think students grade 4-8 may get more out of it than younger ones. Snacks will be provided! Additional sessions on the following two Tuesdays, December 12 and 19, will be offered on a sign-up basis for a smaller group of students grades 4-8.

Mini Makers and Coders

Arthur D. Healey School Library
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
3:00-4:45pm
Grades 2-6
Join us for some Maker Space and Coding fun after school in the library. We’ll offer a variety of hands on activities encouraging students to build and explore. Students will have the opportunity to:
  • Build their own balloon powered vehicle and explore how modifications effect its travel distance;
  • Investigate and build large 3-D shapes to explore structure, strength and design;
  • Employ geometry, thinking skills, and problem solving to create an origami penguin, fox or whale and;
  • Join in a game of coding life sized Robot Turtles.

 

December 6, 2017

Google VR/ Logo Design

West Somerville Neighborhood School
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Grades 4-8
Members from Google will come to WSNS for 2 1 hour sessions with students in grades 4-8. During each session students will be divided into two groups, one group will have the chance to try out Google Cardboard VR, and another will work with different engineers from Google a different project, potentially creating their own Google Logo. About half way through the session we will switch so all students have time to try both projects.

 

December 7, 2017

Virtual Reality

Brown School
Thursday Dec 7th
4:15-6:15pm: Grades 4-5
2:45-4:00pm: Grades 1-3
This event involves kids using school computers to build 3D virtual worlds, and then viewing those worlds in Virtual Reality, using their own smartphones (or those shared by other kids or by parent volunteers) and Google Cardboard devices loaned to us by the Kennedy school. In the Grade 1-3 session, the kids will create their worlds by dragging and dropping objects into the scene. In the Grade 4-5 session, the kids will create worlds in the same way, but will also be able to bring their objects to life with some simple coding. Kids will also get a chance to experience professional Virtual Reality demos using the Oculus Rift.
Sign up contact: Kurt Hanson, kurt@moltenlava.net or Len Granowetter, lengrano@mak.com