Monday, December 19, 2016

Week of Code Recap!

Hello Buri Buri Families!

Two weeks ago Buri Buri went big for Computer Science Education Week and the Hour of Code. The PTA would like to thank Principal Victoria Dye for her hard work putting together this exciting week of learning!

We began with a rousing kick-off assembly that included an inspiring address from Buri parent and SSFUSD alum Luis Madrigal, a drone flight, and even a "visit" from President Obama!

Buri Buri students made stop-motion movies and experimented with Sphero robots. They studied electricity by making LED creatures and squishy circuits

All classes spent time working on and playing programming games. 

Buri Buri is immensely grateful to the SSF Public Library who supported our computer science week with library staff and awesome makerspace equipment and their 3-D printer. Thank you so much!

We hope all Buri families will continue to encourage their kids to code this year, especially during winter break! Have your kids trade an hour of video games to learn to program video games!

Here are some online resources:
Hour of
Khan Academy

The Stop-Motion movie app used was: Stop Motion Studio Use with your own toys and a tablet stand. Tablet stands are very inexpensive at diaso or the dollar store.

Check out these youtube videos about Electricity! Purchase a squishy circuit kit HERE

Try tinkering with this tutorial about LED lights cards (you can use tape instead of soldiering iron):

Visit the SSF Public Library with you kids to try out the 3-D printer. Bring your own SD card or ask to borrow one from the library, plan to stay at least 1 hour. You can make an appointment if you like. 3-D printing use is free and library staff will help out!

Here are some great books about coding

Take some time this break to visit one of the Bay Area's many technology museums. Our favorites are:
Tech Museum of Innovation
Children's Creativity Museum
Computer History Museum
Lawrence Hall of Science

We hope all have a fun and educational winter break!
Buri Buri PTA