Those of you close to us may know that we've been searching for a new location since December 2017 - we outgrew our current office long ago and have finally found a place that can meet the needs of our students, parents, and staff. Much like a hermit crab, our new Clubhouse will allow Happy Code to grow and thrive.
As an avid Scratcher, Brenden has taken his projects to the next level, like his Fish Chomping game, mind-reading search engine, and more! In addition to Intermediate Programming in Scratch, he's also joined the Java Programming with Minecraft class for the Spring session! Currently he's one of two students enrolled in multiple classes on the same day!!
According to Inc., Java is the most popular programming language in the world right now. Java, originally invented by Sun Microsystems as a programming language for television systems, has turned into one of the most popular languages in the world. Java is used to build different applications, like mobile apps, server apps and video games.
In mid-April, Enea and I built a desktop computer out of parts we had originally ordered for our Amazing Gaming Machines class, to use for the then-upcoming class "Java Programming with Minecraft". We began with a table full of parts, most still in their original packages:
Our Scratch Guru Erickson has created a new video series to teach people awesome tips and neat things to do in Scratch! You can watch and learn, or better yet try out the code in Scratch alongside the video!
With yesterday's monster blizzard and another Nor'easter coming Monday, we thought it would be the perfect time to brainstorm a few STEAM activities to do when snowed in.
William is our Student of the Month for being a very creative and focused member of our Club. Check out some of these screenshots of the great project he's worked on during our Unity Unwrapped class:
Since 1964, the Horizons program has been building brighter futures for kids of all ages. Happy Code Club is proud to have joined the effort to improve the skills of these kids and send them back to their schools excited to learn! We began contributing on January 12th as part of their Winter Program at the New Canaan Country School campus each Saturday for 4 weeks. With two blocks each weekend, I've been teaching 18 students our Unity Unmasked curriculum with the aide of Steven, a TA provided by Horizons and a student who's been in the program itself since 2nd grade.
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Our journey began when one of my students at the Horizons program was discussing with his father the Unity class he's taking. That simple conversation sparked what may be an exciting and fruitful program. As I came to learn, roughly 1 year ago the aquarium setup a massive 32-screen digital fish wall, running an app that enabled visitors to paint their very own aquatic life and upon giving it a name, watch it join the hundreds of marinelife up on the big screen! The aquarium's IT Manager Serigo had facilitated this project and after listening to his son's enjoyment of our Unity class, emailed me to introduce himself and the digital wall exhibit. Sergio invited me to come see it for myself, meet him, and tour the facility!