A Day of Hackshop, Session 10

Today we had a whole session of HackShop! We first discussed and prepared for our field trip next week to BitSpace. The class played their constructing the community game where they answered a series of question with different partners. Students continued last week’s challenge, making their custom game controllers Makey Makey game controllers with their teams. The teams then tested another team’s game controller and gave feedback for teams to progress or re-examine. After a while of hard work, the class took a brain break and played active Rock Paper Scissors. Students finished the session by completing their game controllers.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

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Welcome Back!, Session 9

It’s our first day back to class for the 2019 year! We began math with a fast math trick for multiplying double digit numbers. The class then started a new lesson of Binary numbers. The students initially get an understanding of base 10 then go onto converting decimals to binary numbers. After, teams get more practice using online games and videos.

In HackShop, students re-evaluated their goals from the beginning of the year to determine if they’ve maintained their goal or want to create a new one. While some teams complete past challenges, others start the next challenge using their creativity and knowledge of the Makey Makeys to create their own custom game controller.

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Happy Holidays, Session 8

     Today was the last session of the semester. Classes were shorten due to our annual holiday party. In the math portion of class, students took a quick survey on their thoughts of the entrance exam and received information on scholarships. Teams continued their would you rather and pop quiz exercises for HackShop. The teams then went onto going more in depth using Makey Makeys, exploring different ways to use it including game controllers.

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Session 7, November 17

    Today students took their last two practice practice test to prepare for the entrance exams in the upcoming weeks. For HackShop teams began their next super fun activity, the Makey Makey. Makey Makeys are small software devices that allow you to connect everyday objects to control your computer. During class,students were also interviewed on their high school decisions

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Session 6, November 3rd

   In our first 30 minutes of class the students participated in a math warm up with Josh. Each table group did a word problem activity using whiteboards. We then reviewed the algebra word problem homework and the quantitative and math exams. In Hackshop the students continued working on their “hack the news” assignments. Some teams began their next assignment, “would you rather?”, using the Timble application.

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Session 2, Sept 15th

   The beginning of class LaKeisha discussed scholarships with the scholars. In math, the class completed and reviewed a worksheet created by Josh. They started whiteboard work in their table groups and reviewed last session’s homework.

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   In HackShop we revisited classroom norms and last session’s activities. The students participated in the daily community building activity where table groups had to make objects such as a car or helicopter non verbally. Shortly after, we went more in depth about hacking. Students created paper airplanes and shared hacks. Finally, we created our teams for the year and reviewed platforms like google classroom and bsfscholars.

First Session of 2018-19

For our first session of the year in math we started with introductions. We then moved to discussing high school entrance exams. The class took their first 30 minute test prep.

In the HackShop we started with an icebreaker/building community game called Red Ball. We talked about the meaning and importance of Computer Science. The class watched a kid president video and set their goal for year. The meaning and differences of white, black, and gray hat hackers was explained. Lastly, the students took the white hat hacker pledge and completed their first exit slips.