Hour of Code "Hacks" All School Meeting and Advisory
Posted 12/14/2017 05:04PM

Wildwood launched Hour of Code week at the middle and upper campus with an impressive panel of tech industry professionals, starting with our own Zack Tanner '11 who learned to code at Wildwood and currently works at Chow Now. Guests shared insights about the relevance of coding and computer literacy in today's and tomorrow's job market. Sky R. '19 moderated a panel with experts Zack Tanner '11 (Chow Now), Shannon Donohue (CallFire), Richard Benson (Dice/Electronic Arts), and Tobias McGuigan (Snapchat) (left to right in the photo above).

With the help of Digital Dragon, during Advisory, middle school students experimented with elements from Scratch and Spotify to create a musical dance animation for Super Mario; upper school students created their own custom Snapchat filters. 

Instructional Technology Coach Nicholas Smith said of the coding sessions at middle and upper campus, "I observed active learning in every classroom I visited and even stumbled upon an 'importance of computer science education' conversation in one class! I was most impressed with our student leaders who led their peers with purpose and patience."

The following week it was elementary's turn with an Hour of Code Fair in the Commons. Students got a taste of coding at different stations: they spelled their names with necklaces using binary code, got a glimpse of processing code, and participated in two challenges where they programmed robots.