Steps for the Activity

  1. Watch the Pharrel Williams' Happy dance choreography, form a circle, and practice the dance together.

  2. step02_dancecardRobot Now start hacking the dance. The first person changes a step.

  3. step03_dancecardRobotThe person to the left dances the new step and either hacks that step or hacks another step.

  4. step04_dancecardRobot Repeat until everyone has danced. After the last person has made their hack, everyone practices the new dance together.

Discussion

Help clarify what it means to hack. Ask the learners:
  • How did you hack the dance?
  • Discuss the rules — what were they?
  • Was the end dance the same as the beginning dance?
  • What should we name our dance now?
  • Is the original dance destroyed?
Talk about the mechanics of the game and break down the activity.
  • What actions were you doing while hacking?
  • What was the goal of the activity? To create a new dance by hacking.
  • What made the dance fun? Discuss creativity and co-developing the project.
  • How do you think hacking a dance will be similar to hacking a website?

Materials

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