Why does a software developer need to learn about hardware? Not every programmer needs to be an expert in hardware but knowing what lies “under the hood” not only helps programmers write better code, it also allows them to understand and debug their code’s behavior faster. Just as a driver must have some basic understanding…Details
Today we say goodbye to Mr. Maxx. He was our Computational Music & Computational eWear instructor. He also served as the littleBits League Coach. Our students love Mr. Maxx & will miss him terribly. Stop by & say hello sometime. #farewell
We have six design challenges inspired by well-known Olympic games. In a two hour event, (bit)Olympic hopefuls will compete in three events each day, for two days: Saturday &/or Sunday 2:00pm – 4:00pm
The new Every Student Succeeds Act, signed into law Dec. 10, 2015, rolls back much of the federal government’s big footprint in education policy, on everything from testing and teacher quality to low-performing schools. And it gives new leeway to states in calling the shots. That’s a big change from the No Child Left Behind…Details
What is the Hawaii Geek Meet? It’s a fun, casual, family-friendly, potluck picnic for groups and individuals who have a passion they’re eager to share. This has always been a grass-roots (literally) community event. There’s no need to “staff a booth” or have fliers or presentations at the ready (although if you have such things,…Details
Breaking up big problems into small problems. What if we had to sort the whole world? How would you group things? These kids suggested by all the plants, all the animals, all the liquids, all the stones & minerals.
By Nettrice Gaskins Jul 26, 2016 This fall, my computer science class will follow the new AP Computer Science curriculum framework while also including culturally responsive instruction that makes use of students’ interests, community settings, and cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Some of the students enjoy freestyle rap and dance, so they will learn how to…Details
When futurists first began to predict the merging of man and machine, they surely couldn’t have predicted this: wearable furniture. The Japanese-made Archelis is literally a wearable chair that surgeons can “wear” during long operating procedures. And there are more “wearable chairs” in the offing — Audi, for example, has partnered with Swiss start-up Noonee…Details
Spring Break 2016 Computational Camp SO YOU WANT TO ENROLL YOUR CHILD IN A COMPUTATIONAL THINKERS CLASS, BUT YOU JUST DON’T KNOW WHICH CLASS IS THE RIGHT ONE? WHY NOT TRY THEM ALL? Why just take 1 class during Spring Break, when you can sample them all? Wai’alae/Kahala’s community is coming together to make your…Details
More Good Programming Quotes In my previous post, The Wisdom of Programming Quotes, I called out some quotes that look good on the surface, but turn out to promote the wrong ideas about software development. I have also posted some of my favorite programming qoutes in the past. But I thought I would list a…Details
The rooms are set up for the Makers. The Third Annual Honolulu Mini Maker Faire starts in 13 hours! ‘Iolani School, Sullivan Center at 12 noon on June 25, 2016. CORRECTION: It is today, Saturday, June 25th!
Published on August 5, 2016 Summer students paired up for their project challenge to build a dwelling, and collectively create a small neighborhood. This followed a small discussion on the importance of electricity in our neighborhoods, the power outages during our last big storm, and what it’s like at home when the power goes out,…Details
Origins is a monthly column, where we will be talking about the history of various innovative technologies that we take for granted today. By definition, an algorithm is a pre-defined, self-contained set of instructions required to execute diverse functions. Such rules date back to as far as 300 BC, found inscribed on Babylonian clay tablets.…Details