Head-Royce participated again this year in the Hour of Code, an international initiative to bring computer science to kids of all ages during Computer Science Education Week Dec. 8-12. Students in all divisions had the opportunity to try their hand at coding throughout the week, with parent volunteers working in the field of computer science helping out in Lower and Middle School sessions.
On Friday during practicum, ninth and 11th grade students learned about 3D printing from the US 3D printing club. They also learned about 3D printing's real-world applications with special guest and parent, Dan Bodner, whose work has been featured on NBC news. Upper School students also playtested and evaluated Scott Snibbe's suite of apps and tried out coding (including the Google's Made with Code "Holiday Lights" project). In another US workshop, students made LED ornaments for the Digital Citizenship Tree (located in the Read Library).
In addition, on Friday guest speaker Scott Snibbe presented during the MS and US assemblies and during a lunchtime session. The audiences were very engaged in his talks, during which he walked them through some of his work and apps and explained how they combined technology, the arts, science and mathematics in a holistic way. Scott also demonstrated selected apps for the audience and showed videos of some of his installations, including works for the SF MOMA and a traveling exhibition for the movie "Avatar".
Scott, who was brought to campus by K-8 Tech Integrationist Tatyana Griffin, is a pioneering digital artist and entrepreneur whose work includes apps, video and interactive installations. His work has been incorporated into major public spaces and events such as concert tours, Olympic Games, museums and airports, and he has collaborated on interactive projects with musicians and filmmakers including Bjork, Philip Glass, Beck and James Cameron.
For more context about CS Ed Week and HRS' activities, read Tatyana's Teaching and Learning blog post, the Why Coding Matters.