Last week, around thirty 49ers SLI middle school students participated in an optional coding program at the Computer Science Museum in Mountain View. The first challenge of the day was to use the Raspberry Pi along with a few other materials to make a light bulb turn on. During this activity, students learned how to code using variables, functions, and if statements. Then, to boost the difficulty of the challenge, participants used household items to build a machine that rolled a golfball, which then turned on a light. As a part of the event, students also toured the museum, learned about history of computers (including the methods used to calculate the first census and the development of SMS (Short Message Service)), and listened to a talk from special guest Becca Crabb, a Senior Software Engineer at Carbon.

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