Coder Express 2015

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December 22, 2015 | 6-7PM | PCES Cafetorium

We are so happy you will be joining us for our second annual Coder Express!

This page will provide you with information/logistics about our night, support for the apps we will be using, and information about coding itself. The PCPA will be providing hot chocolate and cookies, so please help yourselves. We hope that you have a fun night full of coding!

Schedule for the Coder Express:

  1. Prior to the event, or at the beginning of the hour, take a look at the informational and tutorial links below.
  2. Have your Pond Cove student show you what they learned during the hour of code week.
  3. Go back to the capeEteam page, if you have time, and try some of the activities shown on code.org or the apps your students have been using.

Reminder: If you need help, please hold up the YELLOW cup on your table and a tech helper will come over!

Introduction to Coding

This video gives a fun, quick, and easy overview of coding using the Star Wars site from code.org. This is great video for beginners to watch to get in the groove of coding and learn in a fun way.

President Obama kicks off hour of code week!

This is a very interesting video about coding and computer science at schools around the world.

Why should we teach coding to students?

  • Click HERE to see why countless education, government and industry leaders — including Mark Zuckerberg, Richard Branson, Steve Ballmer, and Wendy Kopp — support teaching coding.
  • “I think everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer because it teaches you how to think.”
    I like to think of coding as applied math and sciences because it teaches us an iterative approach to solving problems and testing out our ideas. While I don’t consider myself a coder, apart from HMTL/CSS I don’t code in my daily work, I did find that learning the basics of how to code on Code Academy has done wonders for improving my problem solving skills.” ~ Steve Jobs
  • “Learning to write programs stretches your mind, and helps you think better, creates a way of thinking about things that I think is helpful in all domains.” ~ Bill Gates
  • Coding changes the paradigm for students from consuming technology to creating technology. And, in so doing, it turns their creativity into an interactive reality. ~ via kodable.com See the entire infographic HERE.
  • “We are teaching them to code, however, not so much as an end in itself but because our world has morphed: so many of the things we once did with elements such as fire and iron, or tools such as pencil and paper, are now wrought in code. We are teaching coding to help our kids craft their future.” edsurge.com

Apps and Sites we will be Using at the Coder Express

Code.org

  • code.org Is the site that organizes the Hour of Code Week around the world. On this site you can find the Frozen, Flappy Bird, and Angry Birds coding sites.

LightBot: Rohan Freedman, capeEteam

  • Come to this page to learn how to get started and use this fun, easy coding app.

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Kodable : Liam Hayes, capeEteam

  • Kodable is a very easy coding app that is used for younger students who are just learning to code. Come to this page to learn how to use this app and get started.

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The Foos: Zahra Freedman, capeEteam

  • The Foos is a hilarious and fun Elementary Level app for coding that all ages will enjoy!

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Scratch Jr.

  • Scratch Jr. is the “kid” version of it’s full version big brother: Scratch, and BYOB. Come to this page to learn some more about Scratch Jr.

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Cargo-Bot

  • Cago-Bot is another coding app designed for elementary students. This app is the most advanced of the ones we are using, and it is good for someone who is a more advanced coder, and would like a challenge. Please visit this page to learn how to get started and how to use the app.

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We hope you enjoy our night at the Coder Express!