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Check Out the New Scratch Projects from Curriculum!April 19, 2021

Scratch Projects This semester, students were given a choice of designing and coding one of three projects: Mario, Asteroid Defense, and Among Us. We chose these three games based on popularity from previous years and what students are playing today. Here’s a quick overview of what each game is about. Mario appears on screen as the player attempts to guide him to victory. Mario: A maze game where…

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No Lockdowns for CodeHaven Outreach TeamMarch 10, 2021

As one of three new outreach directors, I wanted to give a quick overview of the initiatives that outreach is working on this semester! As a general principle, CodeHaven’s outreach team is in charge of the outwards facing tasks of Code Haven, managing our public appearance, as well as expanding our outreach with research and further opportunities. This semester, we decided to focus on four…

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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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