March 13, 2018

Finals Week: Final Prep


Written by: Nathan Young With our Neah Bay trip approaching quickly, it was time to hunker down and iron out the details of our curricula. Unfortunately, with finals looming on the horizon, there was no worse time to add more meetings and work sessions. However, our dedicated ASB team decided to sacrifice our dwindling hours…

March 6, 2018

Week 10: Revisions (Happy Birthday Andy!)


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Written by: Jonathan Cole This week, we focused on iterating on our previous workshop designs based on our experiences testing out the middle school curriculum. We collected thoughts and notes from each member to get a general idea of what needed to change. One important change we wanted was to streamline the way students learned…

February 27, 2018

Week 9: Middle School Rehearsal


Written by: Noelle Merclich The quarter continues to just fly by. We’re only a couple of weeks away from spring break now! In preparation for our visit to Robert Eagle Staff Middle School, the goal of this week’s meeting was to run through each day of the middle school team’s curriculum to ensure it was…

February 20, 2018

Week 8: Rehearsals


Written by: Aylee Neff T-minus three weeks! Spring break is rapidly approaching and this week we focused on reviewing and iterating on our current curriculum plan. The first day is always the hardest so we spent quite a bit of time ideating on the best way to start the curriculum. Initially, our plan for Day…

February 13, 2018

Week 7: Curriculum Draft


Written by: Josephine Le Week 7 of winter quarter–so close to spring break, yet so far! This week, we invited Andy Ko, the chair of the Informatics program at the University of Washington. Andy Ko has an esteemed background in computer science and human-computer interaction, especially CS education principles for people of all ages. He…

February 6, 2018

Week 6: Curriculum Review


Written by: Melody Xu This week, we invited Ravi Smith, who is a recent local high school graduate and member of the Makah tribe intending to study computer science, to join us. For the first part of the session, we presented our detailed day-to-day curriculum, which consisted of goals, activities, reflections, and deliverables. Both teams…

January 30, 2018

Week 5: Curriculum Ideation


Written by: Bonnie Tran In this week’s session, high school and middle school teams shared their drafted workshop plans. Our objective was to form out the curriculum and better understand the day to day activities. To start, we shared our research for the week– what resources and teaching material are currently out there? How are…

January 23, 2018

Week 4: Workshop Planning


Written by: Sam Gil Vargas During this week’s DRG meeting, the team focused on laying out the plan for the workshop week. Our first task was to decide on which teams we would be leading for the workshop week. Below is a list of the teams and their respective team members: High school Yeh-Eun Lee…

January 16, 2018

Week 3: Overview of Scratch


Sayamindu Dasgupta gave a presentation in our seminar. Sayamindu started his presentation by showing a few videos of how Seymour Papert pioneered perspectives on designing technology that fosters creativity in children, and about his work done with Mitchel Resnick at the MIT Media Lab. Sayamindu touched upon the fact that computers should be used for…

January 9, 2018

2018 Kickoff

Andy Davidson

We have launched the 2018 HCDE Alternative Spring Break project. This year, we will be taking two teams back to Neah Bay to focus on digital storytelling with their students at both Neah Bay HS and Markishtum MS. I am proud to be working with a talented and dedicated team of UW students making an…

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