An Argument for Computer Science in the Classroom – Part II

  By Fiona McCrae Read Part I. Knowledge of computing is especially important when it comes to social media culture. Every day, millions of users log into information buffets like Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter. They carelessly share their whereabouts, bestow ample images of themselves without restraint, and heap pounds of personal information out onto these online platforms, then selectively consume and interact with the banquet others have laid out. Some manage their menu of data a little more closely, choosing privatized settings, perhaps requiring approval for the guests they allow to take part in their personal communication feast. Nevertheless, […]

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An Argument for Computer Science in the Classroom – Part I

By Fiona McCrae Computers have come to play an incredibly vital role in modern day commerce, research, and culture. An internet of fiber optic and copper arteries are pulsating under oceans and across mountains, entangling steel skyscrapers and suburban main streets, flashing on and off with light and electricity to transport the constant flow of information that powers modern civilization. In most pockets and purses, at least one computer can be found, continually inputting and outputting waves of data like magic radiating through the air. Despite this miraculously accessible information cache, ask an average citizen the difference between the Internet […]

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Top 3 Reasons to Join the Cyber Patriot Team

This year, Codecraft Lab is once again coaching a high school and middle school team for Cyber Patriot, the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition, and we would love to have you join us! National Youth Cyber Defense Competition This event challenges high school and middle school students to act as IT professionals who must manage a small company network. Students compete in teams of 2-6 at their state and regional levels and are evaluated on how well they can find and protect against known vulnerabilities on a virtual network. Why Join the Codecraft Lab Cyber Patriot Team? Reason #1: Top teams earn an all-expenses-paid trip […]

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It’s More Than Math

In learning the vocabulary of computer science, I’m breaking through a language barrier with my computer. by Fiona McCrae Hi, my name is Fiona. By a coincidence of acquaintances, I got involved with Codecraft Lab as a volunteer last summer at the age of 14 before my sophomore year of high school. I thought volunteering at the coding camp might be a fun time as a couple of my friends were volunteering as well – even though I knew very little about coding at the time.  Actually, just looking at a screen of code or script was extremely confusing and […]

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Cyber Smart is the New Street Smart

By Shannon Landin, Co-founder of Codecraft Lab and Stephanie Galbo, Software Engineer & Codecraft Lab Super Volunteer Don’t cross the road without looking both ways. Be aware of your surroundings and know who is around you. Don’t talk to strangers. These are just a few of the street smart lessons we preach to our kids, but now they are equally applicable in our digital lives if you think about it. In today’s quickly changing, and increasingly dangerous, software-connected world it’s important to be Cyber Smart, and that can only come from learning to code. Such an education is the best preparation for today’s digitally dominated world.  At […]

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