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President's ReflectionsDecember 17, 2020

Introduction This past year for Code Haven can be characterized in many ways. It was innovative, as we set out to translate the organization’s initiatives into their virtual equivalents. It was progressive, as we pushed forward and made progress on goals that we hadn’t previously devoted time to. It was also record-breaking, because despite all of these logistical challenges and adaptations, Code…

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Demo Days Goes Remote!November 13, 2020

Demo Day is an experience where Code Haven’s students are given the opportunity to visit Yale University, tour campus, watch speakers, participate in Unplugged Activities, and have an awesome time with other Code Haven classes and their mentors! We host Demo Day to give our students a look into what computer science can do beyond Scratch and MIT App Inventor. The hope is to inspire our kids to…

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CS For Social GoodNovember 05, 2020

Last winter, Code Haven hosted our third occurrence of TeachTech – a meeting of teachers, administrators, and policymakers in the world of education – which started with an activity that always gets everyone thinking. “Why should we teach Computer Science?” we ask, and everyone writes down three of the reasons they find most important. We place seven sticky notes around the room, each with a…

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Curriculum Update Fall 2020October 30, 2020

Because Code Haven is looking quite a bit different this year, Aaron and I, as curriculum directors of Code Haven, wanted to give another update about how the curriculum has transitioned to online school! The technical goal for the semester has remained the same: to allow students to create a maze project of their very own! However, as a board, we wanted to re-emphasize the overarching, ultimate…

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Connecting with your students in remote learningOctober 21, 2020

The transition from in-person to remote learning has certainly been tough--there’s no two ways around it. Technology’s unreliability has always been a concern in the classroom, but now there are more serious consequences, like a teacher’s faulty WiFi leaving an entire Zoom-room full of unattended elementary school kids. Those logistical difficulties are clear. Beyond the baseline technical…

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Fostering Community in a Virtual WorldOctober 03, 2020

Most Code Haven mentors fall into the routine shortly after the semester begins: organization-wide mentor meetings on Sunday evenings at the Mann Center on Hillhouse Avenue, then, later in the week, they arrive at the bus stop with their fellow mentors with just enough time to catch a ride to their school. On the way there, mentors exchange worries about the unending stream of due dates from their…

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