Tuesday morning we hosted a fantastic PicoCrickets session for the fifth grade students of Artesia, NM's Central Elementary School. In total, 39 students built and programmed robots in teams of two to three after a short informational session about computer science. We have done many PicoCricket sessions in the past, but this session was by far the largest we've taught this year. Despite the large size of the group, the students were very attentive and interested in programming so the session flowed smoothly. Overall, the session was a huge success, and the students left with a great experience in computer science.
Thursday morning we advocated for studying and working in computer science at the Hillrise Elementary School Career Day. We completed four presentations for about 75 fifth grade students; by the end of each presentation they were all excited about computer science. A few of them even wanted to be software engineers and graphic designers. Even the students who wanted to pursue other pathways were interested in learning more about computer science.
On Tuesday alone, we reached out to a total of 74 students, then during Thursday's career day presentations we reached out to another 75 students, bringing our total for the week up to 149 students.