Lighting the Spark

April 5, 2015

Holyoke CodesScreen Shot 2015-04-14 at 1.16.58 PM represents a collaboration between MGHPCC,  Girls Inc. of Holyoke, Sweet and Fizzy, CAITE (Commonwealth Alliance for Information Technology Education), and NERDs (New England Regional developers) offering free, youth workshops in coding, robotics, and technology. Young coders had a blast in March.

Holyoke Codes Explores: Renewable Energy


On Sunday afternoon, March 29, 2015, Holyoke Codes presented a family-oriented workshop exploring Renewable Energy using LEGO Robotics at the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center. The mission was to test mechanical, wind and solar energy, and, ultimately, to build an autonomous solar car! We talked about why renewable energy is important, and, hey, what is electricity anyway? We learned about generating electricity mechanically, from the wind and from the sun. We also watched a cool video about a full-size solar car named Stella. Using our LEGO kits, we built a hand crank, then a windmill, charged our solar panels, and logged some data on our energy meters to compare output. After that, it was time to build our own solar cars! Although it was a little chilly, we had a bright sunny day to try out our designs outside the MGHPCC.

Holyoke Codes Explores: St. Patrick’s Day SCRATCH


Holyoke Codes held a Scratch on St Patrick’s Day family-oriented workshop on March 17, 2015 at the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center. Participants learned how to design and program their own interactive character with Scratch ( and Characters move and talk, and change costumes. The touchscreen laptops at the MGHPCC make creating easy for young kids and adults alike (although some of the adults need the most help). Naturally, given the day, there was a lot of green in the room and on our computers! At the end of the day, we shared our creations on the big screens!

Research projects

Dusty With a Chance of Star Formation
Checking the Medicine Cabinet to Interrupt COVID-19 at the Molecular Level
Not Too Hot, Not Too Cold But Still, Is It Just Right?​
Smashing Discoveries​
Microbiome Pattern Hunting
Modeling the Air we Breathe
Exploring Phytoplankton Diversity
The Computer Will See You Now
Computing the Toll of Trapped Diamondback Terrapins
Edging Towards a Greener Future
Physics-driven Drug Discovery
Modeling Plasma-Surface Interactions
Sensing Subduction Zones
Neural Networks & Earthquakes
Small Stars, Smaller Planets, Big Computing
Data Visualization using Climate Reanalyzer
Getting to Grips with Glassy Materials
Modeling Molecular Engines
Forest Mapping: When the Budworms come to Dinner
Exploring Thermoelectric Behavior at the Nanoscale
The Trickiness of Talking to Computers
A Genomic Take on Geobiology
From Grass to Gas
Teaching Computers to Identify Odors
From Games to Brains
The Trouble with Turbulence
A New Twist
A Little Bit of This… A Little Bit of That..
Looking Like an Alien!
Locking Up Computing
Modeling Supernovae
Sound Solution
Lessons in a Virtual Test Tube​
Crack Computing
Automated Real-time Medical Imaging Analysis
Towards a Smarter Greener Grid
Heading Off Head Blight
Organic Light-Harvesting Antennae
Art and AI
Excited by Photons
Tapping into an Ocean of Data
Computing Global Change
Star Power
Engineering the Human Microbiome
Computing Social Capital
Computers Diagnosing Disease
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