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We did it, DSBN!


7 months ago

For Hour of Code Week 2017 we asked you to log 2,000,000 minutes and you rose to the challenge! 2,168,673 minutes were logged board-wide and we couldn’t be more proud! With support from their amazing educators, students of all ages participated in a series of unplugged and plugged coding activities throughout Computer Science Education Week (Dec 4 - 10) enabling us to reach our 2017 goal! While we wish we could tell you about all of the fantastic activities that took place in DSBN schools throughout the week, we’re just going to recap the events that we participated in throughout the week instead in hopes that you will reach out to fellow DSBN educators to learn about their own Hour of Code week experiences, we encourage you to leverage Twitter to do this and check out what your fellow educators were doing in their classes using the hashtag #DSBNCodes.


The ihub team kicked off our Hour of Code week by exploring the past at Decoding Niagara’s Past.. To Code Our Future. With partners from Niagara Falls Public Library, Canada Learning Code (Niagara Chapter), Niagara Military Museum, Niagara Military Heritage Centre and the St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre we turned ihub into an Exhibit on Niagara’s History. We incorporated technology into the day by hosting a history themed Scratch activity and a green screen activity that allowed students to put themselves “back in time”. On Tuesday, we kicked off the 2017/2018 Technovation season at DSBN with 140 students from across the board. For those that aren’t familiar with the Technovation Challenge, it is a 12 week program offered worldwide that challenges teams of females age 10-18 to become technology entrepreneurs by identifying a problem in their community and solving it with an App. On Wednesday, we hosted a Holiday Coding workshop using Dash at Brock Concurrent Education Student Association’s Holiday Extravaganza at Prince of Wales Public School. Thursday our team split up to tackle two events; one a Design Thinking unplugged coding activity co-hosted with Code Niagara at Westlane Public School and the other, a MazeCraft Math Challenge at ihub that challenged grade 6 students from DSBN Academy students to code a maze for Sphero using specific mathematical guidelines and then code Sphero to complete the maze. On Friday, our team ended our week with more Holiday Coding with Dash at the C3 Conference at Central Public School in Grimsby hosted by Lee Martin (@mrmartinEDU). You can learn more about the Conference, that hosted approximately 800 attendees by watching this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwFHG_O9q-A. Both C3 and our board-wide Hour of Code initiative got the attention of Ontario’s Minister of Education, Hon. Mitzie Hunter this week, she tweeted out a Niagara This Week article about the conference & praised DSBN for coding 2 million minutes worth of code for #CSEducationWeek!