Be part of the Hour of Code in the VisLab
Computer science education week is December 9-15 (http://csedweek.org/). To celebrate and spread the joy of coding the Visual World Investigate Lab will be holding an Hour of Code event on Thursday, December 12th from 6:30-8:00 (I know, this is really an hour and a half. Just more time to do cool stuff.). Our event is one of over 20,000 events taking place in more than 150 countries throughout the week. Anyone can code, so come and be one of the 3,000,000 people participating in these events worldwide. Check here for all the information: http://naturalsciences.org/programs-events/computer-programming-beginners-8.
What will we be doing? We’ll all be learning a little bit of code while making a cool computer game. Each person will get to watch their code come to life as we go through the steps of creating a fully functioning game. In the past we’ve made an asteroid-dodging spaceship game, a Tron game, and a darts game just to name a few. And, as a bonus, the program we use in the lab is free so after we’re done you can keep going outside of the lab.
Why would you want to do it? Well, apart from making a cool game you can use outside of the lab, what you learn will start you on your way to creating the next cool app or program, it may even help you get a job (http://code.org/stats). Also, we all interact with electronic devices daily. So you should know at least a little bit about what makes those programs on your computer/phone/tablet work.
To reiterate: come make a cool game, learn some coding, understand why your devices do what they do, and be part of a worldwide celebration of computer sciences in the Visual World Investigate Lab on Thursday, December 12 6:30-8:00 (go here to learn how to sign up: http://naturalsciences.org/programs-events/computer-programming-beginners-8).
Be the master of your computer.