The event was kicked off by Dani McAvoy, who works for Code.org. She spoke to students about breaking the stereotype as well as her passion for coding and how it can help change the world.
"My problem solving did more than solve word problems on paper, it designed Apps, Games, and programmed Robots which helped people and changed the world around me."
Some of the favorites:
- Star Wars: Build a Galaxy with a game
- Design your own Zac Posen Dress
- The App Lab - build your own game to share
If students designed a game, they could submit it to a form. Those games are available here. Unfortunately, we didn't allow enough time for completion. I hope students will work on them later.
We also introduced "Game Amnesty" week. Students can play games from the list of submitted projects. Here are the guidelines:
From December 8 - 12 we will have “Game Amnesty” week.
- Students must be in a study hall
- Students should have completed their work for classes before playing.
- Students may play the games from the “Hour of Code” list only
- Students need to let their study hall teacher or the adult in charge (think library) know they will be participating
- Consequences for not following the guidelines will result in loss of computer use for the study hall period and signing the book in the computer lab
We asked for feedback, including whether we should offer Computer Science as a class. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive to offer a course. Other feedback:
I would definitely do a few things differently next year. I think the kick off needs to be separate from the actual time to code. I could have done a better job of building buzz and promoting Game Amnesty week. It's always a balance of how much information to give out ahead of time and how much to keep a surprise.