Students at all four of Shady Side Academy's campuses celebrated Computer Science Education Week from Dec. 3-9, 2018, by participating in a variety of computer science activities, including the Hour of Code, 3D design and a guest speaker.
Students at the Junior School and Country Day School joined tens of millions of students worldwide in participating in the Hour of Code, an introduction to computer science designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics.
Junior School students in grades K-5 had fun doing coding tutorials and games with computer teacher Karen Sandora. Kindergartners played the Tynker coding game Candy Quest, while first graders explored coding using the app ScratchJr. Second graders played codeSpark Academy's Snoopy Snow Brawl, and third graders had a choice of code.org activities including Minecraft, Star Wars, Moana and Frozen. Fourth graders participated in a webinar with professional coders from Participate and played code.org's Dance Party, and fifth graders used Scratch to create animations.
At Country Day School, students in grades 1-5 also joined in the Hour of Code fun with librarian Courtney Anderson. First and second graders used programming logic to solve puzzles in the coding game LightBot, while third and fourth graders got into the groove with code.org's Dance Party game. Fifth graders learned to animate their names using Scratch.
At the Middle School, students explored 3D design and printing using tutorials in Autodesk's 3D design suite, TinkerCAD, in their computer classes with teacher Tim McGuigan. Sixth graders learned the basics of 3D design and shape manipulation, then applied this to varied projects such as crafting jewelry, name tags or model houses.
The Senior School welcomed a guest speaker to all-school assembly on Friday, Nov. 30. Past SSA parent David Kosbie, an associate teaching professor in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, gave students an overview of the field of computer science and problem solving, and talked about careers in software engineering. Kosbie's visit was coordinated by Computer Science Department Chair John Wizzard.