On July 28th, Ardent Academy Northwood housed an OC Coder Summer Fun Event. The event was run by the OC Coder board members, as well as some general volunteers. I asked one of these volunteers why exactly he was there and how he got involved:
Students had loads of fun in each activity, but the favorite by far was the Tower of Hanoi.
“I did a tower building [activity] and one where we decoded a bunch of numbers… I liked the tower the best.” Yvonne, 10
The goal of the event, though, is not merely to learn how to program, it is also about learning to work well with others.
“We have done Chess and Morse Code. [Tower of Hanoi] is really fun though. We basically have to-” “It’s mostly about teamwork.” “-stack, like, circles together, but the bigger ones cannot go on the smaller ones, and you can only take one at a time-” “Yea so he can’t do anything without telling me first-” “-yeah, so that I can move mine without breaking the rules,” Kuran, age 10, and Evan, age 11, tell me.
When asked why they decided to dedicate two hours of their weekend to an event based upon coding, these young students were excited to take part in something that exercised their minds and passionate about continuing.
“I’m just trying it out,” says Kuran, before turning to ask Evan, “When’s the next one? I really want to come again.”
“My mom signed me up for computer coding and I really liked it… I want to continue doing it, Evan responds to me, before answering Kuran with an “I don’t know.”
The next OC Coder event, unfortunately for Kuran, is not until September. However, the school year is full of programing classes and events run by the organization and can be found under the ‘Calendar’ tab of their website linked below.