Saturday, November 9, 2013

Coding and electronics

Introducing the PHILS to the coding tutorial for the December "Hour of Code" was fun and, just when we thought we'd have to string them along for a while, the organizers came up with the whole series of tutorials on their web site!       

We needed the practice run to figure out how much we can rely on using the library wireless connection with our new iPads or do we need to stick to the wired desktops in the Reference and Children's areas. Lucky for us, Denise had arrange for a new wireless router to be installed today in the lower level so now the whole building should have a strong signal all day long. Yay, Denise! We're hoping that will give us adequate connectivity to handle all the old and young Coders we hope will participate in the week long, "HOUR OF CODE" from Dec. 9 - Dec. 14th.

Then, later in the week, we had our first "Wearable Electronics" workshop as a way to gain the interest of girls in circuitry and light.  The Adafruit Candle Flicker Bow project was challenging. Just making the bow was tricky, let alone creating the circuit from the LEDs in the front to the battery carriage in the back using the conductive thread. Whew! But the girls stuck with it and all were successful!

We're hoping to tackle a retro light-up tie in December.


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