An Evening Coding Together

Each of the seven coding stations provided a unique hands-on learning experience where coding came to life!
Each of the seven coding stations provided a unique hands-on learning experience where coding came to life!
Ms. Janine D'Elia, our technology specialist at the elementary level asks a question of Silas Wood sixth-grader Anthony Maraboli which he shares with the audience.
Ms. Janine D'Elia, our technology specialist at the elementary level asks a question of Silas Wood sixth-grader Anthony Maraboli which he shares with the audience.
Bringing computer science activities to our students engages them in computational thinking, collaboration, and problem solving, not to mention great one-on-one time with Dad.
Bringing computer science activities to our students engages them in computational thinking, collaboration, and problem solving, not to mention great one-on-one time with Dad.
Dash Basketball using the Wonder App is one of our student’s favorites and it involves coding ‘dash’ the robot to maneuver to the right area and shoot a ball into the basket.
Dash Basketball using the Wonder App is one of our student’s favorites and it involves coding ‘dash’ the robot to maneuver to the right area and shoot a ball into the basket.
Coding is going to open many new doors of opportunity for our students. Already we heard how a sixth-grader wants to be a video game designer and how the whole coding experience allows students to be creative and successful!
Coding is going to open many new doors of opportunity for our students. Already we heard how a sixth-grader wants to be a video game designer and how the whole coding experience allows students to be creative and successful!

On Monday evening, December 11th students and parents from grades K-5 attended the third-annual, ‘Minds of The Future Workshop’ that was facilitated by Janine D'Elia, our technology specialist at the elementary level. The workshop celebrated what our students were immersed in during "The Hour of Code" during Computer Science Week December 4th-8th.

Over 150 million students worldwide tried “The Hour of Code” and hundreds of them were from South Huntington! Implementing “The Hour of Code” is a testament that South Huntington Schools are teaching foundational 21st century skills and incorporating programming activities for our students. Bringing computer science activities to our students engages them in computational thinking, collaboration, problem solving, and highlights how one can bring anything to life!

During the beginning of the workshop, Ms. D'Elia highlighted the South Huntington Computer Science Initiative that is being implemented in our district. She showcased students using Dash Robots, Lego Wedo Kits, Colby The Robot, and how successful Summer Coding Camp is for district students and out of district students.  Her special presenters of the night were 6th grader coders Kate Pratt, Rocco Pugliese, and Anthony Maraboli who are currently taking the Codesters Class at Silas Wood with Mrs. Loria. Kate discussed how she has been coding with Mrs. D'Elia since 4th grade and wants to be a video game designer, Rocco showcased one of his projects that he created in the Codesters program using the Python coding language, and Anthony stated he loves coding because it allows his to be creative and successful!

The children and parents began the evening coding together on Code.org where they programmed various tutorials using iPads and Chromebooks. They had over 30 unique tutorials to choose from! Some popular ones were: programming a bunny around the Google Logo, entering the Minecraft world where they wrote code to instruct the agent to execute commands and overcome in-game obstacles, and coding their own sports games! The classics like Angry Birds were bringing smiles too!

Parents and children then moved to another coding session that was a hands-on coding lab. During the coding labs, all participants were engaged with various coding tools, devices, and robots. All were able to freely move between 7 stations that included: Dash Basketball using the Wonder App, Dash and Dot using the Blocky App, Lego Wedo 2.0, Code and Go With Colby the Robot, Snap Circuits, Code-A-Pillar and Osmo Coding, Each station provided a unique hands-on learning experience where coding came to life!

Thank you to all parents, students, teachers, and administrators who joined us!  Thank you also to WWHS Computer Science Students for helping Code with the elementary students! Thank you Alexandra Sherry, Ashar Farooq, Jimmy Alvarez. 

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