Walking by Nardin’s Makerspace and Computer Science classrooms this past week, students were seen coding digital holiday cards, building 8-bit pixel art creations and making binary Christmas ornaments. These projects are just a few of the activities in our Middle and High making Schools to celebrate Computer Science Education Week.
Computer Science Week, or CSEdWeek, is a national education program dedicated to inspiring an interest in Computer Science for students Kindergarten through 12th grade. CSEdWeek is organized annually by Code.org, which partners with more than 350 organizations and 100,000 educators worldwide.
At Nardin, the week of computer science had an early kickoff with the third annual Hack-a-thon, a 12-hour-long programming competition where Middle School and High School students worked as teams with mentors to tackle challenges using technology. The theme of this year’s competition was HACK 2 HELP and Nardin partnered with The Service Collaborative of WNY to find ways to increase awareness of the challenges of childhood poverty in Western New York, deepen engagement and connection of volunteers and increase volunteer retention.
In the Middle School, Integration Specialist Becky Braungart turned the Makerspace into a Computer Science lab where students learned about Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Coding and Robotics. Students were busy in the High School participating in computer science activities through a series of nEXt blocks hosted by the Coding Club President Emily Greene ‘20 and Vice President Victoria Keane ‘21. These sessions covered topics like how to build 8-bit pixel art creations and binary ornaments, how to produce a rock, paper, scissors game using Python on a computer console and learn about students' Hack-a-Thon projects.
"We celebrate and recognize Computer Science Education Week to raise awareness about the importance of Computer Science education and the critical role of computing in all fields," said Computer Science teacher Pam Healy. "With 67 percent of all new jobs in STEM in computing, we want to make sure all of our students here at Nardin have a strong foundation in Computer Science,” she added.
Computer Science Education Week ran at Nardin and around the nation through December 15th.