Making it Ripple in September
We took a break from our full-time classes this month and really focused on the ripple-effect, working together with local educators, organizations, and volunteers to help spread the good word about STEM education.
Aldine ISD Professional Development Course
We helped digital learning specialists and librarians learn more about technology at Aldine ISD by taking them through one of our most popular workshops, Flower Drums. In this lesson, students build circuits from flowers and a makey makey circuit board. When the flowers are touched, they make a musical sound. The lesson plans are online here.
(MC)3 Mega Maker Meetup for Connecting Creative Communities
Code Park together with HCC hosted a meetup that brought together the tech community and other meetup groups in order to brainstorm ways to help the Houston Food Bank. The group discussed how to tackle food security issues facing Houstonians.
Fab Lab Ribbon Cutting
It’s now officially open! Fab Lab hosted their ribbon cutting last month, and we at Code Park were there to help. We demoed Paper Programs, an installation designed to allow people to interact with computers via real-world objects. It’s inspired by Dynamicland. We are super excited to continue working with Fab Lab to provide resources for STEM education and to help teach professional technical development.
Black Girls Code Robot Expo
Code Park served as technical instructors for the Black Girls Code Robot Expo. We worked with 69 girls to teach them about technical problem solving while building robots.
Inventathon at HCC
At the HCC Southwest Advanced Manufacturing Facility, we helped mentor students during a hackathon that focused on water usage sustainability in a post-Harvey world. Code Park helped with how to tackle technical challenges, pitch an idea, frame a problem, and effectively collaborate with team members.