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Summer Block 3:Day 10


This was the last day of my Shodor summer program! Since it was the last day, it was time for presentations. I like presentation day because not only do I get to showcase all of the work I have done over the summer block, but I also get to learn about the different things other people did, and how they utilized the skills that we learned. For the first part of the day we were given time to finish up or make any last minute changes to our projects. During that time, I made a few changes to my final portfolio project and practiced my presentation. I had so much fun throughout the entire year learning about different computational skills and working with my friends to create a variety of projects.

Summer Block 3:Day 9


Today was, of course, another workday. I continued working on and perfecting the look of my website. I finished all of the portfolio pages as well as my blog page. I also added a dropdown menu for the portfolio pages. Next, I added a link to my logo in the corner so that when the user clicks my logo, they will automatically be taken to the homepage of my site. Lastly, I got caught up on all of my blogs!

We took two short breaks in our workday as a class. The first one was at 11 and lasted about 30 minutes. During this, Levi gave us a short presentation on what the Shodor internships are like, and how we can apply for them. The second one was at 3 and lasted about 15 minutes. During this, Sharonda presented us her final projects because she is moving into college tomorrow!

Summer Block 3:Day 8


Two more days till the end of my last summer block! Today I decided to start working on creating my final portfolio website. As I worked through my html and css, I realized that my original plan was not as aesthetically pleasing as I had hoped for. Because of this, I strayed a little far from the plan I had written in my document. Since I no longer as concrete of a plan, there was a lot more trial and error than I had expected. After I had finalized on the color scheme that I wanted to go with for my website, I changed the colors that I had originally used on my logos to fit my website's new color scheme. By the end of the meeting, I had finished the home page of my website.

Summer Block 3:Day 7


Today I mostly worked on my Quality Assurance Document, made any changes to my website and fixed the issues I had identified. This took a little bit longer than I had expected because not only did I fix any technical problems, but I also made visual changes and upgrades to my website. The part that took the longest was going through all of my blogs and fixing any typos and grammer errors. I am glad that we had this as one of our projects because it allowed me to go back and catch any mistakes I had made making my site more professional.

Summer Block 3:Day 6


Today I started off the day by working on the MySQL syntax guide. I finished that up by lunch time. I really like working with the databases in "Adminer" and the syntax guide was a good way for me to learn all of the different commands, how to query etc. After lunch I watched the demo on how to write a good resume. By the end of class I had finished writing my resume. However, the resume is one of the few projects that won't be showcased on this website.

Summer Block 3:Day 5


Yesterday was the last demo of the summer! Today was a workday and I decided to work on some of the old projects that I hadn't finished yet. I caught up on the projects from blocks one and two by the end of the meeting.

Summer Block 3:Day 4


Today was another demo in the morning using our "Adminer" database. We were working on connecting our dice roll form with the database. This way, anytime you inputted information to the form, that data would automatically get recorded in the database. There were a few hiccups along the road but, we fixed all the errors in the end. Something that we all learned which we hadn't realized earlier was that even if we are writing separate functions, we have to create different names for the variables or else the code will not work. This was a really fun demo for me because there are a lot of different places where you can use this skill!

Summer Block 3:Day 3


We had another demo in the morning today. It was also about relational databases. We worked with our online databases on “Adminer”. We first worked with Ernie to input data into the color table. After everyone had completed the first table successfully, we all tried to do the same for the other tables. There were a lot of errors going around, but we all helped each other out and by the end of class, everyone had a complete and functioning database.

Summer Block 3:Day 2


We started off today’s meeting with a demo through google meets. The demo was about relational databases. That’s the type of database that Shodor uses as well. After the demo, I started on my MySQL syntax guide. I completed the section for day 1 by the end of the class.

Summer Block 3:Day 1


Today was the first day of the third summer block! My peers and I are now starting our last stretch. I started off the day bu watching the video on databases. It was recording of an older demo. It taught me a lot about the basics of databases and how Shodor as an organization also uses them. I also followed along with the video and put together my first ER diagram. An ER diagram is a way to plan what information your database will store and how it will store it. After finishing the demo, the rest of the day was a project work day. I worked on some more Krista projects and made the given edits to my final portfolio project.

Summer Block 2:Day 10


As the last day of the second summer block, today was a work day. I decided to work on the dynamic rendering demos. Ernie also gave us a small sneak peek of the projects that lie ahead of us. He said that as we finish up our block two work, we can start working on the block three projects. Some of the projects that are coming up are the programming library research and implementation projects, as well as the final website project.

Summer Block 2:Day 9


Today is the second to last day of my second summer block. I am almost there! Today I worked on completing the dice statistics model. It took me a very long time because I kept running into errors. Ernie and I ended up staying almost an hour after today's session so that I could finish up the project. Nonetheless, I still really enjoyed working through the project because I got to learn a lot more about PHP as a language as well as how nested loops work. All those errors were definitely worth it!

Summer Block 2:Day 8


Today was another workday! I worked on the "Krista Projects" for most of the day. I also helped my friend debug some of her code during the day. When I was completing the dice statistics project, I realized that I did not have a very clear understanding on the GET and POST form functions. I am glad that that project helped me find my deficiencies and got me to work on them.

Summer Block 2:Day 7


Today was a workday, so we did not have a google meeting demo to start the class off. I decided to complete my final portfolio project in the morning. I had a basic idea of how I wanted my final website to look like, but as I went through the final portfolio document, it made me write out a much more detailed plan. After answering all the portfolio questions, I had to go back through the document and delete any statements that had already been written in the document that did not fit my plan. I am really excited for Block 3 when I can see my plans come to life, and make my website personalized and exactly the way I want it to look. After finishing the final portfolio project, I continued to work on the "Krista Projects".

Summer Block 2:Day 6


Today was start of the second week! We started the class once again in a google meeting demo. Today's demo was about creating a dynamic rendering website. However, we had to cut the demo short because Ernie was, unfortunately, feeling under the weather. It became more of a individual learning project with Ernie helping us with any problems on the side. I think that this demo really helped me to learn better how each of the functions I had learned about in the syntax guide about worked and how they should be used in context. After working on the dynamic rendering website for the morning, I decided to switch gears and started working on the "Krista Projects". Before the end of the day, I finished the first two milestones of the hex code project.

Summer Block 2:Day 5


Today was the end of week one for my second summer block! We started the meeting of as usual with a 2-3 hour demo on google meets. We worked on creating a dynamic webpage today. A dynamic website allows for the user to interact with the information on the website. Unlike a static website, a dynamic website uses both server-side and client-side HTML and CSS code. This demo took a little bit longer than usual because there were a lot of areas that needed debugging. We ended the demo by sanitizing our new website. Since this isn't a form, there was not too much that needed to be done. We just needed to make sure that if someone typed into their url a link to a page that did not exist, they would get a 404 error.

After the demo, I decided to finish my syntax guide. I first finished the java script and php basics followed by the extra information that needed to be researched for php.

Summer Block 2:Day 4


Today was the fourth day of my second Shodor block. We started of the meeting with a google meet. Ernie taught us about forms. Forms allow you to collect data from the user. After we made our first form, Ernie showed us the differences between “get” and “post” forms. The “get” forms are not very secure because, as the user inputs information into the form, the url gets altered. So, if you want to have a secure form, it is better to use the “post” rather than the “get”. After having most of the main coding aspects complete, we needed to sanitize our forms. Sanitizing forms allows you to make sure that the user cannot access or input any information that we don’t want them to. Lastly, we cleaned up our forms by embedding html into the code.

Summer Block 2:Day 3


Today was the third day of my second summer block. We had a short demo in the morning where we used php to build a coin flipping model. After putting the model together, Ernie showed us what the rest of the Krista projects are and what we will have to do for them. However, we do not know how to use the form function in php yet so we can only do a part of the projects till our php forms demo tomorrow. For the rest of the day, after the demo, I continued to work on my PHP and JS Syntax Guide. It is taking a little bit longer than I expected to complete but, it is helping me get familiarized with the two languages very well.

Summer Block 2:Day 2


I was absent for the first half of class today so, I could not work on any of my projects till after lunch. Today was mostly an all day work day for the syntax guide for JS and PHP that we had been assigned yesterday. I tried to finish as much as I could of it for the rest of the day.

Summer Block 2:Day 1


Today was the first day of the second summer block. We started off the day by joining the google meet. Ernie went over the rules and encouraged us to ask our peers for help more often and participate in class. We went over what we would be covering for the next couple of days and then started to introduce to us our first project. The first project is a JS and PHP syntax guide. Though it is not the most interesting, it is integral to learn the basics of those languages so we can put them to use in later projects. He went through the first few prompts for both JS and PHP with us and then let us work on the rest by ourselves. Before lunch, I worked on the JS column and finished the first few sections. After lunch, I focused on the PHP column. I finished a couple of those sections as well .Ernie said that he would ilke for us to finish this project by Wednesday so I need to make sure I am planning out my time wisely.

Summer Block 1:Day 10


Today was the last day of our Shodor Apprenticeship Block. Today was a pretty light day. I had to finish up any projects I had left and upload them to my portfolio. Ernie went through a majority of my projects and gave me edits and suggestions that I went through and fixed. Since today was the end of the second week, I also had to write a reflection.

That's all for the first block, and I can't wait to see what projects I get to complete in the next two!

Summer Block 1:Day 9


Today was the second last day of our Shodor Apprenticeship Block. In the first part of today’s class, I finished up all of the projects for this block except for the modeling project. I also updated my website with all of my newly completed projects.

For the second half of my day, I decided to put together my AgentCubes model. Ernie helped me through some problems I ran into while setting up my counter and graphing the population. I also worked on putting together my modeling website. I decided to have a home page, two about pages for my two modeling pages as well as a question and answer tab for any important questions that have been addressed by my projects. I ended up finishing my agent model tab as well as the home page for my website by the end of class!

Summer Block 1:Day 8


Today was my eighth day of the Shodor Apprenticeship Summer Block. From today till the end of this block , everyday will be a workday so that we will be able to finish all of our projects. Ernie checked in on everyone to see how far along everyone was with the projects and our opinion on the amount of workload we have. This is definitely a lot more projects than what we used to do in the earlier blocks, however, these projects give us a lot more freedom in addition to teaching us so many fun topics!

Today I finished up my GIMP project, and my Inkscape projects. I learned that PNG images preserve the transparency of an image while a JPG image does not. I also updated my portfolio website with links to all of my completed projects, and wrote a short description to each of them.

Summer Block 1:Day 7


Today was the seventh day of Shodor Apprenticeship Summer Block. Today was also a workday as we have already gotten all of the projects that we need to complete for this block. Today I decided to finish all of the projects that i had started earlier. I finished up my Inkscape logos and my GIMP projects. I uploaded them to my website and sent Ernie an email with all of their links. I will check back tomorrow to see if I have any edits or changes I need to make.

Summer Block 1:Day 6


Today was the first day of the second week for Block 1! Today we started of in a google meet where we all completed the "Cosmic Turtles" project together. At the end of the google meet, Ernie introduced to us our last set of projects to us. They are a collection of assignments that require us to manipulate images using GIMP. One really important thing that I learned while completing the "Cosmic Turtles" project was that it is important to have one copy of the original picture without any changes. This allows you to start over without any hassle.

Summer Block 1:Day 5


Today was my fifth day of the Shodor Apprenticeship Summer Block. Today we had a workday so that we could work on all of our earlier projects. We still have one more project for this block but, we will be getting that on Monday.

Today I worked on making all of my Inkscape logos and favicons for my website. At first it was hard to not only make them using the Inkscape tools but, it took a long time to think of different ideas as well. However, as I found new ways to use the many tools, I got better and more comfortable with making the logos. I have decided that I will try to use as many of these logos in my ending website as possible but, I may make slight changes in the colors to fit in more with my website's theme.

Summer Block 1:Day 4


Today was my fourth day of the Shodor Apprenticeship Summer Block. We got our second last projects for this block. They were the web design projects. One of them is a tutorial for making a responsive website and the other is a plan for our final website project!

We did not have any google meetings today so it was mostly an independent work day. I worked on the responsive website tutorial for a majority of the day. It took me longer than expected because I had to do a lot of debugging. But, it was worth it because my finished product looks very cool. The tutorial also gave me a couple of ideas on how I want my final website to look like.

Summer Block 1:Day 3


Today was my third day of the Shodor Apprenticeship Summer Block. We continued our introduction to graphics. Today we worked with the Inkspace application. It is used to create vector graphics.

We started the 7 object collage as a group while learning about the different tools that you can use in Inkspace. At first it was hard to create the shapes but, as I got used to the way this application worked, I got much better at it. I ended up putting together my seven images in a dream themed collage. I am really excited to make my logos and favicon because it will give me a chance to use my creativity and imagination. It will also make my website more personalized.

Today, I worked on finishing my modeling project plan and starting on the AgentCubes models. I ended up adding a couple of more details to my model so that it would be able to more questions by itself. I decided to have two worlds where my environments are set up differently. This would allow me to see how the environment affects the endorphin release rates as well. I still have a few things to change in my modeling plan from the edits I have gotten from my peers, but for the most part, I am ready to start the modeling part of my project!

Summer Block 1:Day 2


Today was my second day of the Shodor Apprenticeship Summer Block. We had an introduction to graphics.

There are two main types of graphics. Vector and raster graphics. A vector graphic is when you give the computer cartesian coordinates and it draws a line through those points. They are good for logos, typography and any line or arc projects. They can also be used for flowcharts. A few drawbacks are that vector graphics are not supported everywhere on the web. Raster graphics on the other hand, also known as bit maps, are composed of small pixels that are assigned a color. Most of the images on the web are raster graphics. They are good for digital photography, digital art, painting and retouching images. One drawback of raster graphics is that it doesn’t scale well. The tools that you use to create a vector image, in our case, are either Adobe Illustrator or Inkscape. For raster graphics the tools in our case are Adobe Photoshop and GIMP.

For the first part of today, I took a break from my modeling project by completing the graphics mini projects, and installing the needed software for the coming projects. For the second part of the day, I continued to work on my modeling project planning document.

Summer Block 1:Day 1


Today was my first day of the Shodor Apprenticeship Summer Block. We started of by all joining a google meet session where Ernie told us a few basic rules, expectations and an introduction to the Summer Block. He also told us how our overall schedule would look. For example, he showed us how to use Time Clock. Lastly, he gave us a quick rundown of what we will be doing in each of our blocks.

For the first block, we will be working on a modeling project with a website as well as a proposal and plan for our portfolio project website. Before starting any of the projects, we went through and read the “My First Block” document. It gave us a more specific list of expectations as well as a few links that will be helpful to us during this block. Ernie then introduced us to our first project.

Our first project is a modeling project where we will be making both an AgentCubes as well as a Vensim model for any topic that represents the equation, “HAVE=HAD+CHANGED”. I brainstormed different ideas for about an hour before deciding on the final one. I decided to model endorphin release based on the amount and type of exercise completed. I sent Ernie an email and waited for his approval. After approving my idea, he gave me a few suggestions on questions I should research. For the rest of class I worked on putting together my research and planning document. I had a dentist appointment so I had to leave class early.

Parallel Computing: Day 2


Today, was our second and last day for working with parallel computing. We started off by making sure that everyone had the correct extensions downloaded to be able to conduct the parallel computing activity. Then after everyone had successfully connected to the Little Fe computer at Shodor, Aaron taught us a few basic commands that we could use to move through the different files using our terminal. Then we ran the GalaxSee simulation and learned how to change the parameters for it. Lastly, we all connected our computers to each other and ran the simulations. We opened a separate terminal to observe who was running the GalaxSee at the moment and how much of our combined energy was each one using. We could also see who was "next in line" to have their GalaxSees run.

Today was also our last day of the spring module. We are all getting ready for the summer module which is very different from the to modules that we have had in the past. It will also be different because of the fact the it will most likely be remote instead of in person. I am excited for the summer module to learn and create different project based on the skills that I have acquired in the past two modules.

Parallel Computing: Day 1


Today, we started the last topic of our spring trimester, parallel computing! Today we focused on the basic understanding behind what parallel computing really is and how and why it is used. We completed a majority of our parallel computing journal. It consisted of different short simulations, experiments or models that explained the different aspects of parallel computing. I liked how they not only showcased how parallel computing is helpful, but they also showed how in some cases, parallel computing is not the best strategy and can end up slowing down the process. We did not have enough time to finish all of our mini activities from the journal, however, Aaron and Ernie said that instead of finishing them next week, we would be connecting to Little Fe and participate in real parallel computing.

Group Project 2: Workday 3 and Presentations


Today was our third and last day working on our group projects. We had the time before our lunch break to workout any last-minute kinks in our projects and prepare our presentations. We were supposed to make sure that our presentations met all the requirements that had been listed in the root doc. My partner Libby and I divided up the information that we were supposed to present. We decided that as one person spoke, the other would be working the presentation and vice versa for the second part of the presentation.

Personally, my favorite project was the one that simulated the planets motion and how it changed based on the gravitational pull of other celestial bodies. I liked how it took into account many different variables. I also liked the way they made the simulation very visually appealing by allowing the user to choose whether or not they wanted the path of the planets to be highlighted or not.

Group Project 2: Workday 2


Today was our second day working on our programming concepts, group project. We have finished almost all of our website. We decided to have only one canvas for the four steps of binary fission. For our larger scale model, we decided to put in a picture of a graph that represents what would happen. I am excited to do the CSS for our website and make it look really nice. I am also looking forward to seeing all the different projects by our peers. There are so many things you can do with a java script canvas and by looking at the other groups' project ideas, the websites are going to be covering a wide variety of topics.

Group Project 2: Workday 1


Today was our first day working on our programming concepts, group project. I am very excited to see what my partner Libby and I can create using the bouncing balls template. We started by first deciding on the topic of our model. We decided that a binary fission model would be really cool and fun to model. We will be making two canvases, one to shoe the different steps of binary fission and another one to show binary fission on a larger scale (many organisms replicating). We started working on structuring our website and planned what we would be doing in most of our versions. We have mostly finished all of the research we will be needing to do on our topic for the project.

Today was also our first day of remote learning, and I really enjoyed it. I think that since Shodor is a very technologically based course, it was easier to shift it online. My partner and I did not have much trouble working through google hangouts. I think it was even more beneficial that each pair of partners had a little bit of privacy from the other groups, so they did not get disturbed. I also thought it was a good idea to have a group chat with everyone because, it gave students a placee to pose questions that other apprentices might have had as well.

Programming Concepts: Day 3


Today was our third day learning about programming concepts. Aaron finished teaching us as much as he could in the given time about programming concepts. We added multiple circles into our canvas by using loops and arrays. Ernie then gave us different example on what we could do our group project on and how we could use the bouncing balls simulation to represent different situations. Aaron then ended the meeting by explaining and introducing our second group project.

Programming Concepts: Day 2


Today was our second day learning about programming concepts. Aaron continued to walk us through the process of building our simulation website. We added a lot of new programming concepts and practices to our notes. I will definitely be using those things not only in Shodor but also in my computer programming class at school. Aaron told us that because of the time constraint, we won't be bale to make a full bouncing balls simulation but, we can add to it during our group project.

We also got our very first stipend checks today!

Programming Concepts: Day 1


Today was our first day learning about programming concepts. Dr.Panoff started by telling us why it is important for us to learn the different programming concepts. He explained that every year new computer programming languages are created. They each have a unique set of rules and syntax. However, one thing that stays constant through all of the languages is the thinking behind them. Once you know what you need to do, it is easy to translate those things into the syntax of whatever language you are using. Next, Aaron took over and started by showing us his bouncing balls website. That is what our goal is to have by the end of the month. We started the process of making the website. We also have two extra documents that we use to either take notes or plan our website versions.

Group Project 1: Workday 3 and Presentations


Today was our final day to finish our first group project. Me and my partner Anna spent the worktime making some minor changes to our models and equations that we had thought off. However, a main part of the time was dedicated to making the website that we would be presenting our project with. We used an outline created by our HTML project. We then decided who was gonna say what during the presentation. We also went through the document of questions that we had to anser and made sure we could answer them all thoroughly. We had to create answers that would be easy to understand for people who had not been working on and researching this topic for the past 3 weeks. After lunch, we all had finished our projects and were ready to present. As I listend to the different projects, I was amazed by the different types of topics that could be modeled using the same techniques. I enjoyed both presenting our project and listening to the other people's projects as well.

Group Project 1: Workday 2


Today was our second workday for our group project. Today, I finished the agent cubes model and helped my partner with the Vensim model. Since my partner was not here last week, I caught her up on what I had done in the past week and told her what still needed to be done. We worked together to add more to the project and fix some of the things that I had completed in the previous week.

I also had my mentor meeting this week. We decided to have our stipend meeting sometime this January.

Group Project 1: Workday 1


Today was our first workday for our group project. The goal of our project is to make a system model and an agent based model for a real life situation.My partner and I decided to model the black death. Today, I wrote out the original story, rules and what agents and shapes we would need to use. I made most of the agents and gave them the behaviors that they needed for our simulation. I realized how easy it was to put your rules in the wrong order and then have only one of the rules run. Since my partner was not here today, I am sure that we will make many changes to the model I have made today to the final model that we present. later today, I am planning on texting her about the work that I did, what I need help on and what else we need to get doen.

Aaron also told us about how we need to get all of the fall term projects done so that we can go over them with our mentors and fill out a stipend form.

Agent Modeling


We started off by talking about how the three main words expectation observation and reflection are related to the words preview, view and review. We then started directing the rabbits population verism model. We kept adding different variables to it to make it more realistic. We made the model dynamic, visual and interactive. We then started to talk about model thinking. The main way to think about models is one, two and more than two. We used this in the population of rabbits model by connecting git to a grass model and a wolf model. Dr.Panoff gave us analogies that the science of modeling is like an onion where you have to understand the importance of the different layers, while model building is like an oyster creating a pearl from a small piece of sand. Then, we briefly talked about SEIR models (susceptible, exposed, immune and recovered). The main take away was that you can take a simple model and add different things to make it more personalized.

The first thing that you are always supposed to do while building a model, is write out your story. So, we wrote out the story for healthy and sick people, then Dr.Panoff showed us how to build it on agent cubes. After everyone got their accounts, we made our own agent cube models and learned how to put in a counter and shows how many healthy or sick people there were in the world. We also saw how to add a plot of the variables included in the world we had built. We also touched on how important it is to write what that program or simulation is supposed to be showing. That can either be called documentation or while coding, commenting.

At the end of class, Aaron and Ernie gave us a few announcements and explained the group project that we would be working on till December 21.

System Dynamics: Part 2


I had a prior commitment to attend to this week so, I could not make it to class. However, to make up the work, I watched the recorded videos and followed along with them to learn and get familiar with the material. That week, was the second week we learned about system modeling. The lesson was led by Aaron, and the videos consisted of a slideshow, and a few example Vensim models. One main thing that was always emphasized was that the main equation of system dynamics is HAVE=HAD+CHANGED.

System Dynamics: Part 1


This week's class was about system dynamics. We used excel to model different situations or 'stories' that we had written out. Many people do not know that you can use excel for something more than just graphing a data set. Dr.Panoff taught us how to use the developer part of excel to add different interactive parts to our models like a slider bar etc. We also used the equations and stories that we modeled in excel, in a different system modeling software called Vensim. Dr.Panoff taught us how to use and Vensim, add different equations to the model and manipulate the variables. We focused on the story of rabbits and wolves. We even added variables like the gestation period of a rabbit to make ot more realistic. We looked at an array of different vensim models and tried to read them and understand what they were modeling and how the equations were written to model it.

HoW dO yOu kNoW? and Numerical Analysis


Today we did three main things. We had a discussion about how the Shodor handbook compared to the different codes of ethics looked at for homework. We noticed that comparatively, Shodor's handbook is as complicated or specific to what we do. Dr.Panoff also went through a presentation where we did different 'how do you know' activities. We also learned the definitions of a few important words that we would be needing to know for this program. Lastly, we had an hour and a half lesson on numerical analysis. We saw and proved that many of the times you do calculations on your computer, it is lying to you! Sometimes just adding a few parenthesizes or decimal points will change the whole answer. We did a few experiments on excel and google spreadsheets to see how changing a few small things that don't technically change the equation changes the answer that the computer outputs. At the end, Aaron told us about how our websites would be posted on the Shodor website. I can't wait.

Office Ethics


This was my second week at Shodor, and this week we finished up the rules presentations and did a few computational thinking activities. Ron gave us a presentation on office ethics and professional etiquette. I was surprised at how he made a seemingly monotonous presentation very engaging and fun to learn about. We also did a few short exercises that showed us how to see reliable sources. For the last hour or so of our meeting, Dr.Panoff showed us a few cool card tricks. He explained that even though we call it "magic", you use mathematical calculations to figure out what card was picked. If you do the math correctly, you can go through the same set of steps and figure out the card no matter what it is.

The Doom and Gloom


Today was my first day at the Shodor Apprenticeship Program. We did not do much computational science today because we had to go through the Shodor Student Handbook. We read through the rules, regulations, dress code and what is expected from us as apprentices. We also got our Shodor logins and learned how to reach the Shodor server. Today was not very eventful, but we learned some background information about the organization. For example, the name Shodor comes from when one of Dr.Panoff's students called him "kinda short and dorky looking." Additionally, we were told how to reach the main websites we would need in this program. For example, the Shodor wikipedia page and the document that shows us our homework. I can't wait to customize and personalize this website once I learn more about how to use and manipulate html.