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Avon Old Farms Coders Visit Dartmouth Computer Lab
Kristen Kerwin

Avon Old Farms Coders Visit Dartmouth Computer Lab
 

On March 7, four Avon Old Farms boys visited the DALI computer lab at Dartmouth College. The students were invited by lab director Lorie Loeb, a leader in digital arts education who takes a strong interest in what she calls the K-12 “framework.” Sam Krupnikoff '19, Cam Andrews '19, Chris Aube '21, and Spencer Li '22 made the trip.

The boys had a chance to test a new augmented reality experience being developed (in partnership with Microsoft) at the lab, engage with current Dartmouth students, and find out a bit about what “makers” do in a college environment. Professor Loeb, who hosted the group, asked a number of questions about the AOF coding curriculum and was excited to hear that our boys are strongly interested, not only in her subfield but in actually attending Dartmouth and working in her lab. The lab recently put an app on the App Store that enables mobile ordering at a popular Dartmouth cafe. Students and Professor Loeb were interested to hear that Cam Andrews had been a part of a team that has built a similar app for the Hawk’s Nest, “Nestrun,” which is in beta. “You have done some cool work. We are proud to have had an influence on the Avon Old Farms curriculum," said Professor Loeb.

Trip leader Joe Thompson, computer science teacher at Avon Old Farms, had high praise for the boys. “They were polite, active, and engaged. They asked great questions and managed the very informal college lab environment well. They were at home there. It is clear to me that these boys are ready to have success at the next level," said Thompson.

To round out the day, the boys took part in an admissions tour, visited the Thayer School of Engineering (AOF engineering teacher Beth McCubbin is a Thayer graduate), the Hopkins Center for Performing and Visual Arts, and watched a bit of Dartmouth hockey practice at Thompson Arena. They visited the Dartmouth Commons student dining area, and ended the day with milkshakes at Lou’s, the famous Hanover deli that has been in continuous operation since 1947.

The group wishes to make a special thank you to AOF mom Gina Aube for her generous assistance and inspiration.