Registration for Wellesley Recreation Department’s winter programs opens Nov. 28 for residents and Dec. 12 for non-residents.
We posted earlier this fall about Wellesley High School junior Luis Hoderlein’s Wellesley Digital Bridges program to teach computer programming to local middle and high school students, while also raising funds to supply computers to school districts in need.
The program, in the form of Python coding classes held at the Wellesley Community Center, has raised more than $2,000, and participants recently visited the Boston Green Academy in Brighton to deliver 11 Chromebooks and 11 headphones.
“These donations will have a major impact on helping students at the Boston Green Academy to gain essential 21st-century skills,” Hoderlein says. The school plans to use the computers for science classes as well as various elective offerings.
“Going forward, I hope to establish ‘Wellesley Digital Bridges’, with the help of a team of high schoolers, and make it an institution in our town which can be passed on to the next generation after my graduation,” he adds.
Cub Scouts with Pack 185 in town visited the Wellesley College’s Whitin Observatory over the weekend. The Scouts were hosted by college senior Carol Hundal and her classmates, for an evening of fun learning.
Seen in the back row of this photo, the college students dressed as pirates to help explain how celestial navigation is used to travel the seas. They passed around actual meteorites and also pointed their large telescope into the heavens as the clouds conveniently parted upon the scouts’ arrival.
These and other scouts had a busy weekend, as they also collected food on Saturday morning to support the Wellesley Food Pantry.
(Thanks to Mark Lorion for sharing.)
Wellesley High School student Luis Hoderlein is spearheading a five-week Python programming course for kids aged 12+, and proceeds from this will be used to buy computers and tablets for schools in underserved areas.
The Wellesley Digital Bridges program run by Hoderlein and fellow students aims to help bridge the digital divide between technology haves and have nots (Hear from Hoderlein in the video below).
Wellesley Community Center be hosting the coding classes on Fridays, beginning Sept. 29, from 5-6:30pm, and registration costs $195 per student. Payments are made through http://www.wellesleycommunitycenter.org/ Enter the donate button and specify Digital Bridges in the description.
Whitin Observatory at Wellesley College was definitely the place to be in town for Eclipse Day, as telescopes, solar eclipse glasses, drums with black tape over them, and every other sort of gadget you could imagine was available for sharing and viewing. Plus it was a great place to take pictures with all this stuff on their faces and heads…
The Wellesley Fire Rescue Department was ready for Eclipse action, per firefighter Michael Leach:
Meanwhile, CrepeBerry on Washington Street in Wellesley celebrated with Eclipse cookies and was sharing Eclipse glasses with patrons and passersby.
We swung the Morse Institute Library over the border in Natick, where an Eclipse-crazy crowd packed the front lawn:
We left it to NASA for photos of the actual solar eclipse:
— NASA (@NASA) August 21, 2017
We also visited Whitin observatory at Wellesley College ahead of the solar eclipse and there wasn’t much doing, but there were still some photo opps: