Sat, Sep 16|
A free virtual class for children ages 10-15 offered through Outschool. Space is limited and registration is required.
Time & Location
Sep 16, 2023, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT
A free virtual class for children ages 10-15 offered through Outschool. Space is limited and registration is required. For the children of eligible UMass Grad Employees and Postdocs.
In this one-time class, learners get a quick look at the beauty and fun of making computer-generated art – the lovely patterns and shapes that computers create when we give them imaginative commands. Like many coding classes this one welcomes learners who love games, and it also welcomes learners who love design, color, and animation. No previous experience coding is necessary!
We'll focus on a few essential commands for color and shape. Learners begin by tinkering with teacher-provided code. In a guided exploration, they make changes to the code and notice what happens. Then they collaborate with classmates, comparing results and figuring out together how the code works. New concepts and commands are added in small steps, with plenty of concrete examples and time for invention. Gradually, students write commands independently. They finish the class by designing and coding their own project with randomly-generated shapes, sizes, and colors.
Class sizes are small so that I can work with individual students, finding each student's strengths and proposing questions or challenges that build on them. In addition, I provide supplementary written or video materials for students who move a little faster than the class.