Student Perceptions of Code Representation

Presenting at the IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing (VL/HCC) 2019 Text languages are perceived by many computer science students as difficult, intimidating, and/or tedious in nature. Conversely, blocks-based environments are perceived as approachable, but many students see them as inauthentic. Bidirectional hybrid environments provide textual and blocks-based representations of the same code,…

UCF Camp Connect

We had the pleasure of working w/ UCF Camp Connect this summer. Every year UCF hosts various STEM related camps, workshops, and activities for K-12 students. From their website: “Camp Connect is a week-long day camp that introduces students to a variety of engineering disciplines such as Electrical, Computer, Industrial, Mechanical, Aerospace, Civil, Environmental, Construction,…

STEM Night @ OSS

Last night we participated in Orlando Science School Elementary‘s “Family Technology Night.” This time we brought along an IR sensing teddy bear. The kids (and parents) really enjoyed seeing how cool/hot they were – and learning about different parts of the electromagnetic spectrum. We presented the following exhibits: IR camera connected to Raspberry Pi 3…

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…