Note: This post is from a previous blog about teaching technology at an all girls school. That blog was entitled “Girls. Technology. Action!” and ran during 2008.
After racking my brain for an assignment that would appeal to girls’ desire to help people and have a real world application of their work, I assigned the Food Relief Calculator program. The girls created a class called person and then inherited classes for children vs. adults. They did research to figure out how much food and water a person of that age/weight class needed in one day. They then used a program with an ArrayList to enter the people in a village and then to calculate how much food and water the relief agency would need to send in for them. It wasn’t a bad assignment, but I still think that I might be able to find a better one for next year.