10/26/16 Class

posted Oct 26, 2016, 5:46 PM by Codesmyths Course   [ updated by Erica Bertucci ]

First Year Students:     Please go to http://studio.code.org/sections/YZJCFT 
                                     Login and put in your age
                                    Start at Stage 2: The Maze and go in order

Second Year Students:  Either continue on your code.org course from last year:   http://studio.code.org/sections/HPOGWX
                                       OR you can try this year's course:  http://studio.code.org/sections/MHMXXZ

Third Year Students:   Please go to Khan academy and login or signup with google
                                    Visit khanacademy.org/coaches (the “Coaches” tab in your profile)
                                    Enter the class code:  G9GN3D
                                    Start Intro to JS: Drawing & Animation

Fill out those 2016-17 Codesmyths applications!

posted Sep 29, 2016, 7:32 AM by Roland Wilhelm

We had a great Codesmyths Kickoff Event today — 86 students came to the library!!  Sadly, we only have room for 10-12 new students in the class, so get those forms filled out and submitted by next week on Thursday (October 6, by the end of the day — applications received on Friday or later will not be considered)!  Remember to use your best writing skills — spelling, punctuation, complete sentences, and clear thoughts all count.

If you missed the kick-off event today, you can still apply.  The applications instructions and form can be found here:  www.codesmyths.org/home/signing-up  (you can also navigate to this by clicking "Signing Up" on the left side of the www.codesmyths.org web site — hint:  look at the left side now :-).

NOTE:  Codesmyths students who attended the class last year do not need to fill out the above application.  They do need to fill out the application that was emailed to them on September 13th for existing students.

Thank you very much.  Looking forward to seeing all the old and new students alike!

— Ms. Bertucci, Mr. Roland,  Ms. Tagliamonte

2016-17 Codesmyths Kickoff Event This Thursday (Sept. 29)!

posted Sep 27, 2016, 10:36 AM by Roland Wilhelm

Pssssst. Hey, keep this on the down-low, would ya? But the new year for Codesmyths is about to start, and we don't want the whole school to show up. Or do we???

Want to learn how to program computers (and iPads, robots, electronics, and lots more stuff), and get you started down the road to creating the Next Big Thing!  There will be a secret meeting in the Library on Thursday where you'll learn how to join this secret group of coders.  Once in, you will start learning how to do all this by creating your own video game!  What?  You've heard of Codesmyths already?  No way!  We've been hacked!  What?  It was on the Announcements?  We've had a major security leak!  Oh well.  If you are one of those students who dream of getting your name in lights on the big screen (or any those little ones), or know anyone who is, come to the Kick-off Event:

Codesmyths Kick-off Event

Date:     Thurday, September 29, 2016

Time:     8:15 - 8:45

Where:  Library

Here you will learn about what we do in Codesmyths, and how to apply to get into the course.  So come one, come all!  See you on Thursday!

So Long, And Thanks For All The Bugs!!

posted May 31, 2016, 6:28 AM by Roland Wilhelm   [ updated May 31, 2016, 6:35 AM ]

(OK, so most of you won't recognize that rephrasing of a famous Douglas Adams book — now you have something to read this summer:  The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy!)

Just a reminder:  there are no Codesmyths classes or office hours for the rest of this school year. 

Congratulations Codesmythies!  We had a great Game Release Party last Friday!  Thank you so much for all your hard work this year and making the party a success.  Your parents and teachers were very impressed by what you learned to do (and yes, they were very impressed even if you weren't happy with where your program was as the moment).  You're learning that coding the kind of programs that you're used to using takes a lot of time and skill, so keep learning!  All the programs that we used this year are freely available, so you can keep going on your own over the summer if you have access to a computer and the internet.

Some final thoughts to ponder and keep you going:

  • Everything you learn is a tool in your toolbox,
    and you never know when that tool might be useful.
    Even tools you know you won't use all the time,
    it's still really good to have them when you need them!

  • The more you learn,
    the more you can learn,
    the better you get at learning,
    the faster you solve problems.

    The more problems you solve,
    the better your life becomes,
    the better the world becomes.

  • Learn as much as you can,
    learn about everything you find interesting,
    and there's a very good chance you'll find your passions!!!

    (Learning about lots of things you're less interested in is a good idea too — you never know what connections you'll discover.)

Have a great summer!  Run around outside, get lots of fresh air and exercise.  Your brain needs all that stuff too!

Game Release Party Today!

posted May 27, 2016, 6:43 AM by Roland Wilhelm

This is it!  Time to show your stuff!!  Remember all the cool things we did this year:
  • Scratch
  • Arduino
  • MIT App Inventor
  • Stencyl
  • and, of course, your very own game!!!
Show off everything you've figured out how to do!

Enjoy, and see you next year!!!

One Week Left!

posted May 20, 2016, 6:36 AM by Roland Wilhelm

This is it!  Next Friday, May 27, is our Games Release Party!  It will happen during normal class time (9:30-10:15), parents are being asked to come at 9:45 so we will have 15 minutes to get ready.

Sooooo, polish up those programs, and keep them backed-up!  You don't want some last minute changed to wipe out your work.

Next Friday will also be the last class of Codesmyths for the year.  So back up your program to Google Drive so you can work on it over the summer!  Right?  That's what you'll be spending most of your summer doing, yes?  Absolutely!  8-D

No Office Hours on SBAC days

posted May 16, 2016, 9:59 AM by Roland Wilhelm

There will be no Office Hours during the SBAC testing days (only Tuesday and Wednesday, this week and next).  These days are community days, so please stay with your community and enjoy the non-test events.  Otherwise, classes and office hours will happen as scheduled (on Monday, Thursday, and Friday).

Thanks, and good luck on the tests!

No Class on Friday May 13th

posted May 10, 2016, 4:51 AM by Erica Bertucci

We will all be attending the premier of the Lion King.  See you there and good luck to all the Codesmythies who are a part of this production.  

See you at office hours- see below if you need a reminder of what your priorities should be

Class & Office Hour Work — Now and until the end of time

posted May 5, 2016, 5:39 AM by Roland Wilhelm

Well, OK.  Maybe it's just until the end of the school year.  But don't bet on it!!
  • Get your programs running.  Make backups at the end of every class!!
  • Get your main characters designed and animated.
  • If you got your game working and characters designed, back it up!!  THEN...
    Enhance it — start working on version 2.0 (or 3, or 4, or...)!  Make it cooler, make it more fun!
  • Back it up!!!
    Regularly save your work to your Codesmyths folder in Google Drive.  Don't want to lose it all now!
    Use file names like (game name).(initials).(date).  For example:  cool thang.rw.16.05.05  (date format is YY.MM.DD)

Class & Office Hour Work — April 25 - 29

posted Apr 26, 2016, 7:34 AM by Roland Wilhelm

Four weeks left!  We're down to the last month, and we're still going to be missing next Monday, and some SBAC days, and who knows what else.  Stay focused!!

Using what you learned yesterday about designing characters, work on getting a couple of your main characters designed and animated.  Again, don't get bogged down in too much detail as you still have programming to get running.  But now you can finally replace your placeholder characters with the one you want in your game!

Have fun, but stay focused!!

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