Girls Coding Club @ OSS

We had the honor of working with Ashlynn Christian and her Girls in Coding Club at Orlando Science Schools Elementary for a few months this year. Most of the girls are in 3rd grade, and they used Google’s CS-First to create custom stories and complete specific challenges. The learned about input, events, loops, and moving…

Math Education Game Released

Cacti Council volunteer and Full Sail University student Pablo Bernal-Alarcon, together with a team of artists and subject matter experts, developed an educational math game for kids called The Adventures of Ana & Sebastian. A full credit list of contributors is available in game. The game centers around two protagonists, Ana & Sebastian, who travel…

Help w/ Unity Games

Full Sail University student volunteers Brennan Rodriguez, Matt Moody, and David Crane help students at Winter Park High School with their Unity 3D projects, under the guidance of technology teacher Kent Wenger. Brennan and Matt also prepared various slide presentations and tutorials, and demoed them to students. After the presentations they walked around and answered…

Halloween Pixel Pumpkin

One of our 5th grade Parke House Academy students, Diego Amador, made us a pixelized pumpkin for Halloweeen this year, on our Kano Pixel Kit. Diego has been programming with Google CS-First, which uses Scratch underneath. Kano’s programming IDE uses a very similar block-based interface, so the skills transfer!   * We know more students…

Hybrid Environments: A Bridge from Blocks to Text

Jeremiah Blanchard, one of our cofounders, presented his research on hybrid programming environments, those both block-based and text-based, at ICER 2017. Recall that we’ve used PencilCode, Scratch, Blockly, etc. with our students lately. Jeremiah also managed projects that extended PencilCode with support for additional programming languages and curriculum. Blanchard, J. (2017, August). Hybrid Environments: A…

OrlandoiX 2017

We will be @ OrlandoiX 2017 this August 19th-20th at Full Sail University in the Indie Pavilion. We will be showcasing some of the volunteer and development projects we’ve been involved in over the last year. We will also have some laptops setup with the free software we use to help kids learn computer science…

Hour of Code 2015

Today we participated in Code.org‘s Hour of Code at Windermere Preparatory School. The students, about 50 kids ranging from 3rd to 5th grade, were mostly interested in the Minecraft project! A big Thank You to Kristin Weissman, Director of Marketing and Communications at Windermere Prep, for getting in contact with us!