Sim Support for Bishop Moore

Thank you to Full Sail University student and Cacti Council volunteer Patrick O’Connor for speaking with Bishop Moore High School programming students today. Patrick demoed previous projects and answered questions. Patrick O’Connor and Aroosh Bhakhri have agreed to mentor students Kathy Kong and Kris Buno with their VR CPR simulator, which they plan to demo…

Words to Remember

“I don’t think science is hard to teach because humans aren’t ready for it, or because it arose only through a fluke, or because, by and large, we don’t have the brainpower to grapple with it. Instead, the enormous zest for science that I see in first-graders and the lesson from the remnant hunter-gatherers both…

Liam’s Pixel Man

Parke House Academy 3rd-grade student Liam Kimes used our Kano Pixel Kit to create a pixel man, as well as complete the exercises that come with their software. He was able to easily apply the MIT Scratch block code format learned at school to the Kano software, and he liked that he was able to…

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…

See you @ GDC 2018

Update: Here is the talk on GDC Vault. Jeremiah Blanchard will be giving a talk at GDC this year on 3/21 @ 12pm in Room 2014, West Hall. Teaching Game Development to School Kids: What We Did, How You Can Too Contact us if you’d like to connect during the week of the conference.

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…

Teacher Appreciation

One of our Parke House Academy 5th graders gave us a handmade card and a hug today 🙂 Teaching is the best job in the world 🙂 Thank you to university volunteers Pablo Bernal-Alarcon and Mike Lillo for taking the time to help kids code!              

Parke House Academy 2017

We’ve been working with 5th graders @ The Parke House Academy this academic year. We’re mostly using the Google CS-First curriculum together with brief lectures on computer science. The kids are super pumped about making their own games each week! Many of them go above and beyond by completing the extra features at the end…