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Hour of Code – Falling Tiles Game

Project Link in the Codecraft App DURATION: 60 mins GETTING STARTED: (2-5 MINS) Introduce the activity ACTIVITY: (40-20 MINS) Facilitate and support students to complete the tutorial as well as the challenges WRAP-UP: (5-10 MINS) Debrief and close CONFIG OBJECT type: Phaser.AUTOThis property is responsible for setting the rendering context of the game.It can be either Phaser.CANVAS, Phaser.WEBGL, or Phaser.AUTO. Auto will tryto use WebGL, but if the browser or device doesn’t support it, use canvas.width/height Sets the width and height of the game canvas in pixels.physicsThis defines the default physics system for the game. Phaser provides ‘arcade’,’impact’, and ‘matter’.Next, the arcade config is defined […]

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Hour of Code – Making Computer Music

Project Link in the Codecraft App LESSON SUMMARY DURATION: 45-60 mins GETTING STARTED: (2-5 MINS) Introduce the activity Direct student to the activity ACTIVITY: (20-40 MINS) Facilitate and support students to complete the tutorial WRAP-UP: (5-10 MINS) Debrief and close ASSESSMENT/EXTENDED LEARNING: (2-5 MINS) Optional What are we building? We’re going to build a piano on the internet that you can really use to play songs. You’ll learn about WebAudio using a library called Tone.jsSome math behind how sounds worksJavascript eventListenersSwitch statements Part 1 Learn about ToneJs, notes and sound /waves What is Tone.js? Tone.js is a framework for creating […]

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Thinking of a career in tech? Look to cybersecurity, first.

While Halloween is right around the corner, it’s not the only thing happening in October that we’re excited about. October is also Cybersecurity Awareness Month, a month long collaborative effort between industry leaders and the U.S. government designed to bring attention to online safety and security. It aims to not only help Americans understand how to stay safe while online, but also draw attention to the cybersecurity field as a whole. As big-name companies like Target and Capital One make headlines for suffering the effects of widespread security breaches, it’s no surprise why the cybersecurity field is growing 32% per […]

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Codecraft Computer Codecraft Programming Competitions 2020

Getting Started Guides for Scratch, Python, or Java Getting Started with Scratch Make an account at www.scratch.mit.edu.Decide whether you’d like to make a story or a game. Brainstorm some ideas and write them down on a sheet of paper.Plan out how you intend to implement your ideas.Break down the actions, and use pseudocode to describe events and if/then conditions before starting to build the program.Build your idea on ScratchHave lots of people pay your game or story, get feedback, improve!Share your project! (Make sure the project is “Shared”) Here’s an example of a winning story project: https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/282844316/ Here’s an example of […]

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What Kind of Summer Camp Does Your Child Need?

What Kind of Summer Camp Does Your Child Need? "How was camp today?" "I hate it. It’s boring. Can I just stay home?" It’s an answer no parent wants to hear. We get it: Finding something for your kids to do all day, all summer, can be a pain. But before you default to the easiest option – the same camp you attended when you were their age; it was fun at the time, right? – there are some questions you ought to ask yourself. Or, better yet, ask your child. Every child is their own person, but they have […]

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Learning How to Learn

Codecraft Lab recently hosted a Bite of Science in Melbourne, on Tuesday, March 1st. It was a fantastic evening of professional enrichment, cost-free, for middle and high school teachers made possible by the Center for Excellence in Education and sponsored by the Edward T. Bedford Foundation. The mission of the Teacher Enrichment Program (TEP) is to assure a future talented and diverse U.S. workforce in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). TEP provides rural and urban underserved high school teachers the opportunity to connect with experts from industry and academia to explore cutting-edge research and make meaningful professional links with […]

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Why We Code

The young geeks at the Codecraft Lab Python summer camp had a visit from Christopher Struttmann, who asked: Why do we code?  Chris Struttmann told campers that he got his early intro to computer programming at age 11. In high school, Chris joined the robotics team and developed an appreciation for hard computer problems. The kinds of issues that everyone said were impossible to solve, were exactly the ones that he couldn’t stop himself from tackling.  Fueled by his lifelong interest in the power of computing, it was his appreciation of computing power and drive to solve big problems that […]

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Delivery Drones, Autonomous Cars, Artistic Robots & You!

Can computers make coffee? Drive cars? What about art. Can computers become creative or self conscious? Learn more about delivery drones, autonomous cars, artistic robots & you! Codecraft Lab is hosting a open house and tech-talk with computer scientist Stephanie Galbo for middle and high school aged students in Brevard at the Lab on Friday, August 7th from 5 PM – 7 PM. Anyone is welcome to stop by at any time during the event, participate, or just listen in on a fun & interesting discussion about job automation, what computers can and can’t do, and the future of computing. The […]

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