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Computer Science Education Week

CSEdWeek at The Tech
Monday, December 9 – Sunday, December 15, 2013
Sponsored by Google
Free with Museum admission
Drop-in programs. No registration required.

Code.org has organized an Hour of Code for CSEdWeek, with a goal of 10 million people world-wide learning an Hour of Code—and writing 1 billion lines of code! The Tech is proud to take part in this global initiative to promote computer science education, along with many schools and learning organizations all over the world.
 

Program yourself a great week at The Tech!

Learn drag-and-drop programming with Blockly to solve maze puzzles and create your own digital art, or go unplugged and program a live zombie in our life-sized version of Plants vs. Zombies. Learn programming directly from Google volunteers, our Tech Awards laureates Globaloria, and the founders of Play-i as they lead programming stations and prototype their technology with you.
 
Try many different styles of programming. From learning to code with visual programming languages to mastering games, solving puzzles, making cool designs, and programming robots, you'll start to think like a programmer as you break down complex problems into logical steps and leverage your own creativity to make technology do whatever you want.
 

Schedule for CSEdWeek at The Tech:

Monday – Friday
10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m 
Program your way through Blockly maze puzzles with Google volunteers. 
 
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 
Program Bo the robot to play a xylophone with Play-i founders. 
Meet The Tech Awards 2103 laureates Globaloria and play video games designed by their students. 
 
12:00–2:00 p.m. 
Program live zombies in this life-sized version of Plants vs. Zombies.
 
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
Program your own digital art with Blockly Turtle Graphics. 
 
Saturday & Sunday
1:00 – 4:00 p.m. 
Program your way through Blockly maze puzzles with Google volunteers. 
Program Bo the robot to play a xylophone with Play-i founders.
Program live zombies in this life-sized version of Plants vs. Zombies.
 
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
Program your own digital art with Blockly Turtle Graphics.
 

More on programming stations:
(no programming experience required)

Blockly Maze Puzzle station
(Ages 5 and up)
Located in The Tech Studio
Self-guided puzzles that teach the basics of computer science. In each puzzle, you'll write a program that gets a character through a maze. You'll use Blockly, a visual programming language that has blocks that you drag and drop to write programs. As you use blocks to write code, you'll see the code you write represented in Javascript, a text-based language. The puzzle tutorials feature computer science celebrities Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerbuerg, along with characters from the games Angry Birds and Plants vs. Zombies.

Blockly Maze Puzzles
Based on Blockly Maze
 
The puzzles align with educational standards from Common Core, NGSS, and CSTA. They were designed to teach basic computer science concepts, including repeat-loops, conditionals, and basic algorithms, and more imporatantly – to make computer science fun, approachable, and relevant to your life.
 
Blockly Turtle Graphics station
(Ages 8 and up)
Located in Play.net
Build on your experience at the Blockly station as you use the same visual drag-and-drop programming language you used to solve the maze puzzles, but now you'll have even more Blockly command blocks to choose from as you create your own digital masterpieces.

Blockly Turtle Graphics "The Artist":
Level 1 / Level 2 / Level 3 / Level 4 / Level 5
Based on Blockly Turtle Graphics

Plants vs. Zombies station
(Ages 5 and up)
Located in the Atrium
You'll get to program live zombies in this life-sized version of Plants vs. Zombies. Learn to move the zombies with various Blockly-based commands as you navigate through the game, and then become the zombie as you let other guests program you!
 
Play-i Robot Programming station
(Ages 3 and up)
Located in The Tech Studio
Program Bo the robot to play a xylophone with the founders of Play-i, a very successfully crowd-funded robot company that makes computer programming fun and accessible through a robot that teaches the logic behind programming in a hands-on, experiential way. The founders are a team of designers, engineers, and entrepreneurs from Apple, Google, and frog design.

Globaloria Games station
(Ages 10 and up)
Located in the Atrium
Meet The Tech Awards 2103 laureates Globaloria and play video games designed by their students. Globaloria, developed by MIT Media Lab and Harvard Graduate School of Education graduate, Dr. Idit Harel Caperton, is an award-winning K-12 blended learning network and catalog of digital courses to teach 6th-12th grades to design and code educational games (web/mobile) using industry-standard tools.