In the fall of 2018, EducAIte at North Hollywood High School hosted their first Code Night Series, which consisted of 3 events held at Victory Boulevard Elementary, Carpenter Community Charter, and Rio Vista Elementary, respectively. These events were hosted with the hopes of introducing students to programming using a block-based language developed by MIT, known as Scratch.
On Friday, November 16th, members headed over to Victory Boulevard Elementary at the end of the day, excited for the first event of the year and looking forward to seeing new faces. At 4:00 o'clock, around 20 students at the elementary school excitedly began to enter their Computer Lab. Once everyone was accounted for, the evening started off with a quick introduction of the speakers and followed by an exciting presentation on self-driving cars by our club founder and president, Emily Jin (as shown below).
What is Code Night?
Code Night is a workshop series that our club, EducAIte, will be hosting. Based off the premise of Family Code Night and Hour of Code (see here), the event introduces coding to elementary-school-aged students in grades three through five.
During Code Night, participants are first introduced to an interesting application of computer science and then participate in an interactive coding session. During the coding session, students use a website called Scratch to create their own stories and games with the built-in features provided. Scratch is a coding website designed by MIT for teaching children computer programming. Its fun design and simple block based coding structure conveys basic principles of coding, including commands and logic structures, in a fun and interactive way. Using Scratch gives students an idea of what coding is like and showcases its creative elements.