Hackley Celebrates Computer Science Education Week

The Hackley Computer Department once again celebrated Computer Science Education week on the Hilltop.
Annually scheduled during the first week of December, CS Ed Week is a program dedicated to inspiring K-12 students to take interest in computer science. Originally conceived by the Computing in the Core coalition, it is now sponsored by Code.org®, an organization founded by Hackley Alums Hadi and Ali Partovi. Code.org leads this grassroots campaign through a program called Hour of Code, which is supported by 350 partners and 100,000 educators worldwide. Current numbers claim that almost 700 million students worldwide have participated in the annual Hour of Code. Each year the Hackley computer science teachers and students look forward to participating as part of this national program.

On the Hilltop our celebration began with Mrs. Tranchida taking over the Hackley Instagram account for a day, sharing with the broader community a “day in the life” of a computer science teacher and students. The computer department also hosted a two-day interactive display in the Grille Room featuring games, programs, chatbots and apps, all created and coded by Hackley students. Also on display was one of our 3D printers, a newly developed sign created by students for the Hackery, our Makerspace, and information about career paths available to those who study computer science. During these two days middle and upper school students were invited to stop by the display to read, watch, and try out the student created applications.

During the week, all lower school students explored and worked with the tutorials, games and challenges developed for their age group by Code.org for CS Ed Week. After designing and ordering their custom t-shirts, students of our AP Computer Science class traveled to the lower school to be paired with a LS buddy and, together, participate in some of the Hour of Code tutorials and games.

Moving our celebration into the following week, on December 11, the Computer Science Department welcomed Diana Freed as our guest for the day. Ms. Freed is currently performing technological research and development through Cornell Tech based in the areas of Human-Computer Interaction, Safety and Security, and Health Technologies. Ms. Freed visited our upper school computer science classrooms for the day, sharing information about her research and answering students’ questions.