Dreaming through Code
Designing creative learning workshops for local organizations committed to introducing technology to kids in a non-intimidating way
“Dreaming through Code” is a workshop series designed for introducing computer science in an accessible and meaningful manner. The project is designed to be an introduction to technology and coding that uplifts and amplifies how deep, transformative learning happens in all places and not only in schools. Designed to allow for multiple touchpoints of exposure and engagement with computer science, we organized a series of workshops focused on the idea of dreaming to allow young people to learn through creating and connecting. The workshops utilize three different computational tools for making: Scratch, a programming language and online community; OctoPlay, a new mobile application that allows young people to create and send animations, messages, and stories; and Makey Makey, a programmable controller that allows young people to transform everyday objects into computing interfaces. With dreaming at the center, workshop themes revolve around topics like community, role models, superheroes, music-making, and future aspirations.
The workshop series was run over the course of ~1-2 months in collaboration with two organizations focused on serving their local communities:
- blackyard, located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, and,
- Freedom Skatepark Jamaica, located in Bull Bay, St. Andrew, Jamaica.