Hacking the Holidays Event Plan
The "street team" came up with a plan for our hacking the holidays event. We actually tested out a lot of the activities as a group to see if they were fun and also to get a sense of how much time it would take. Since we are only going to have about 3 hours for our hack jam, timing is super important. Some things that we had to block out time for that I wouldn't have remembered on my own was:
Pizza Break- the teens are probably going to be coming to the jam after school so they will be hungry
Bathroom/ breather breaks- nuff said
Lots of mini moments for share out
ICEBREAKER: We decided to let the teens come up with the ice breaker. They split into a few groups in order to brainstorm this. One group did a variation on the Hack the Robot Dance ice breaker and created a Hack Battle. The rules were kind of similar to a "dance off" where one group starts a move and the other has to hack one move and then the first group would respond to that dance move. This was a lot of fun and it was nice because the different youth facillitators took on different roles- one was the DJ (because you need good music to dance!) another was the EmCee and then the others seeded themselves on the different teams so that they could keep up the enthusiasm level in the room.
Another variation on the ice breaker that one of the groups did was a hacking a board game, where they had to change either :the rules, the players or the board of the game to make a new game. While this was a ton of fun and I think in many ways - a more rewarding experience - it took close to 45 minutes to complete - so as a team we decided to go with the Hack Battle as the ice breaker.
INSTRUCTION ACTIVITY- We decided that it was easiest to have participants hack something simple first before moving on to a complicated website. We also decided that we should help everyone hack the same page so that it will be easier to trouble shoot when everyone is starting out. So the simple activity is hacking the www.google.com. We will take turns teaching them about different things. As a group, we felt that we needed to contextualize the Hackasaurus project a little--- so Omar and Youssef came up with this video. We might also use this to promote the event:
Click the image to watch the video. We put it up on schooltube so that it wouldn't be blocked by any of their schools that sometimes block sites like Flickr and YouTube.
Another group of our facilitators worked together to make a slide presentation on why it's important to code. This is that video.
DESIGN CHALLENGE: Since our event theme was hacking the holidays, basically the challenge is for participants to come up with a recipient for their holiday greeting and to send them a holiday-ified and personalized webpage. We think that it might be good to come prepared with some examples of this for inspiration. Since it's a holiday theme- we are going to play music while people hack so it feels festive.
SHAREOUT- We felt the shareout was super important- so we decided to set up a textthemob board that we can project. This way we don't have to worry about everyone publishing to a blog or something. (Here is a good review of text the mob)