Hour of Code 2014
This six weeks, our class participated in the Hour of Code 2014 by having an ARS Week of Code. We used Scratch, and made an animation of our names. Our whole school participated in the Hour of Code to support women in coding, and computer science fields.
There were three options of coding on the Scratch Hour of Code website, but we chose the “Animate Your Name” option, I’m assuming because it was the easiest to accomplish. The website walks you through each step of animating your name. It first shows you how to add a letter, and add color effects, and sound. It then shows you how to add the second letter, and how to add motion, like rotating or sliding.
The Scratch website showed us what coding is — its essentially telling a program what exactly it needs to do. In the real world, you don’t get a series of pre-fabricated commands to choose from and apply to your program. In the real world, you have to write the code yourself, and I’m pretty sure it’s not easy. But, it was fun to see the general idea of what coding is, and how it works.