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Piper Computer Building Program

The Piper Computer afterschool program was a blast as students (grades 3-6) attempted to save the Earth from an impending asteroid of cheese, the Cheestroid, by building a computer through circuitry and coding. Students learned how electrons flow, how switches and buttons work, and how lights turn on and off by closing a circuit with the help of a Minecraft robot and mouse. Students then became programmers and guided their robot partners on how to tie a shoe, make a sandwich, or give a hug. They then used those exercises to program stop lights, create police sirens, and build their own game pads. These students now know the foundational knowledge to continue in engineering and computer science, be it to fix a flashlight or build their own computer. Special thanks to Bryan Irwin for bringing this free computer building program to Meyers!


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