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Canada Learning Code Week Goes Local As ihub Helps Decode Niagara’s Past and Code Our Future!

about 4 years ago

The Educational Research and Innovation Hub (ihub) in partnership with Ladies Learning Code (Niagara Chapter), Niagara Military Heritage Centre, Niagara Military Museum, St. Catharines Museum & Welland Canal Centre, Welland Public Library, Niagara Falls Public Library and Niagara Falls History Museum presented, Decoding Niagara’s Past;Coding Our Future a celebration of Canada Learning Code Week, Canada 150 and International Children’s Day with a local spin! Over 80 students from Edith Cavell, Quaker Road and Wellington Heights participated in our multi-faceted event that employed digital media skills, basic coding, computational thinking, critical thinking, problem solving complemented with Canadian history! Offered in two sessions, students divided their time between a coding station and a rotating station compliments of participating local museums. Students were given the opportunity to “re-imagine” history by having their photo taken in real military wear in front of the green screen which was then used to create their own Sprite using a free programming language platform, Scratch. Using Scratch, students could insert themselves into preloaded backgrounds which were local historical snapshots. On the other side of the room, students spent time cycling between mobile museum stations, getting to explore artifacts and learn about the value of “things”, discuss the war of 1812 with those dressed in wartime uniforms and more! With some collaboration among partners and the help of some wonderful volunteers, this event was a thumbs up from participating students!