Day of Code
December 9 | 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Technology touches every part of our lives. So, if you can change technology, then you can change the world.  Join us for a day-long celebration of coding and computer programming at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. 

During this day devoted to computer science education, don’t miss the following learning experiences:

Computer Take Apart
When the power is turned off and no software runs, what is left of the computer?  Hardware!  Guests are invited to grab a screwdriver and deconstruct the computer, trying to find the basic components that have been part of modern computing since it began as part of the Manhattan project.  Can you find the CPU?  Can you hold memory?  What does a disk actually look like?  Come find out!

Binary Bracelets
Information in computer is stored in strings of 1s and 0s.  Come learn the basics of ASCII, the coding system that’s been around for over 50 years to keep your texts flowing!  Learn how you can use binary to make a bracelet that contains a hidden message.

Logic Puzzles
Thinking like a computer science means thinking logically and finding efficient solutions.  Puzzle your way through these class logic challenges that are trickier than they first appear!

Exploration Code Stations: Offered on rotating basis throughout the day

  • Explore text-based code Processing

  • Explore block-based code using Scratch

  • Explore microcontroller code using Arduino

Computer stations with experienced coders will be on hand to let you sit down and try a line of code or two yourself.  You might be surprised at how easily you can make the code do what you want.  Several different ways of writing code will be available to explore throughout the day.

Explore the surface of the Earth and the depths of outer space in virtual reality

Ready to delve deeper into coding? Try an Hour of Code Workshop

These workshops are led by Trinity Valley School Computer Science Middle School and Upper School Faculty.
Included with exhibit admission. Preregistration is required.

Scratch Coding
Time: 10:30-11:30 am
Age level:  3rd-6th grade

Coding is a language that lets people communicate instructions to computers using just a few basic building blocks in endless combinations.  Come learn how Scratch provides a fun click and drag method of coding using command blocks to create animations.  Add music and – voila! – it’s a cartoon dance party!  

This workshop is now full.

Creative Coding using Processing
Time:  11:00 am-12:00 pm
Age level:  6th grade through adult

Join this hands-on workshop to learn the basics of computer programming using a Java-based programming environment designed by artists to use programming as a creative tool easily to create visually rich interactive programs.  Participants will write programs, learn basic programming commands and discover where they can get download the tools for free to continue exploring on their own.  

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Arduinos in Action
Time:  12:00-1:00 pm
Age level:  6th grade through adult

Computers come in all shapes and sizes.  Code is used to program all of them!  Come explore the world of physical computing, where code is used with a small microcontroller to interact with the physical world all around us.   Thing robots!  Think self-driving cars!  Even think of home appliances!  Using the Arduino microcontroller and a variety of electronic components sensors, lights and motors, participants will learn the basics of how computers can interact with things using code.  

This workshop is now full.

Creative Coding using Processing
Time:  1:00-2:00 pm
Age level:  6th grade through adult

Join this hands-on workshop to learn the basics of computer programming using a Java-based programming environment designed by artists to use programming as a creative tool easily to create visually rich interactive programs.  Participants will write programs, learn basic programming commands and discover where they can get download the tools for free to continue exploring on their own.  

Register Now

Scratch Coding
Time: 1:30-2:30 pm

Age level: 3rd-6th grade

Coding is a language that lets people communicate instructions to computers using just a few basic building blocks in endless combinations.  Come learn how Scratch provides a fun click and drag method of coding using command blocks to create animations.  Add music and – voila! – it’s a cartoon dance party!  

This workshop is now full.

Volunteer support provided by Trinity Valley School. 

 

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