December 3-9, 2018 is Computer Science Education Week!
To honor Computer Science week, Monday through Friday of this week, we are teaching free coding and technology activities in libraries throughout Cleveland and Akron. This is NOT Scratch or Hour of Code activities! Many of these activities are for K-6 grades and are unplugged with lots of hands-on projects. If you’d like to host a Week of Code event, please contact us soon.
Monday, December 3, 2018: Spell Star Wars characters’ names using binary code.
What’s more fun than a secret code? Let’s talk about binary code and how x and o is used to build a code language that computers understand. To make this activity fun and engaging for kids, let’s build Star Wars characters’ names in binary code. How, you may ask? Kids of all ages are given a large, paper Darth Vader, with his name in binary code underneath. The kids paint or color the boxes which represent the alphabet in binary code to spell Darth Vader. The kids take home Darth which is large and affixed to a hanger, with a binary code alphabet on the back of the character. The kids also have extra characters and challenges they are able to complete as well as videos on the big screen about binary code, how it has shaped history and how they can make their own binary code puzzles. Fun!
Tuesday, December 5, 2018: Draw, Print and Cut Vector Images using Cricut.
First, we will draw our favorite green Jedi, Yoda, using Drawing Island and a step-by-step guide. Next, let’s upload our Yoda to our Cricut machine and make the necessary adjustments to the cut. We will talk about images and how they are important in computer science and discuss keywords like transparent, opaque, upload, image, vector, coordinates, x and y axis, canvas, print, and more. The kids will print, color, and hang their custom Yoda faces to take home. Extra activities may include adding Yoda arms, light-saber, and feet using the Cricut cutting machine or scissors. The kids will watch videos about vector images and how they can make their own vector images with transparent backgrounds at home.
Wednesday, December 6, 2018: Zoetropes, the basic animation tool.
We explore zoetropes and making static pictures move with an illusion. Using the Cricut machine, we design, print, and cut our own zoetropes. Using simple shapes we make our still images soar to life! We will also watch videos of amazing zoetropes to give all of our techies ideas for the future.
Thursday, December 7, 2018: Making a Star Wars cartoon using Digital Animation!
Using Drawing Island, MS Paint, Lunapic and more, we draw Darth Vader step-by-step and watch as we turn his static pictures of holding a light saber into a moving animation with him swinging his light saber back and forth. Discuss animation, animating with codes, animating with our images, and more. Watching fun animation videos about greats like Disney and Pixar!
Friday, December 8, 2018: Banners, creative coding, Augmented Reality and more!
On our last day of activities we are coloring and creating a huge banner to hang in your library displaying what we’ve created during the week and what we can take home and learn and practice ourselves about coding, animation, and technology. Videos about technology and how it’s changing the world with real life tech leaders like Mark Zuckerberg are featured as well as local tech companies and small write-ups about how they work here in Cleveland and Akron. Fun and entertaining all week to learn more about coding and tech in our changing world!