Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Drones, droids take over Benicia High School

(Originally published in the 12/15/15 edition)

   On Wednesday, Dec. 9, Benicia High School was one of the many worldwide participants in the Hour of Code, an annual event in which users learn how to code hands-on for free by logging on to Code.org. The goal is to teach students skills in computer science.
   Benicia High students participated in variety of workshops. In the Active Learning Space, Annette Fewins showed students how to fly drones around using iPads. In Room B-106, Andreas Kaiser's robotics class designed remote-controlled jumping robots that they piloted around the quad. Finally, in Matt O'Reilly's classroom, students created a replica of the new BB-8 droid from "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" that they were able to control.
   The Hour of Code was started in 2013, with more than 100 businesses coming together, including Apple which hosted Hour of Code at all of its stores around the world. For more information on Hour of Code or computer science statistics, visit Code.org.

(All photos by Nick Sestanovich)

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