We love reveling in classic holiday traditions like聽popcorn garlands聽and聽paper snowflakes, but we鈥檙e also all about embracing new technology, especially if it has a holiday spin. This year, the folks from Made With Code are not only decking out the聽White House Christmas, but they鈥檙e also giving you a chance to join in on the coding fun.聽Want to put your chops to the test and light a tree in DC or make an animated snowflake? Check out Made With Code and how they鈥檙e changing the tech-scape on holiday decorating.

Made with Code Holiday Tree

Made With Code was created to foster an interest in coding and computer science among young girls so that they might pursue science and engineer fields. You don鈥檛 need to be a pro to code your own Christmas tree lighting 鈥 you don鈥檛 even need a tree. Designed for beginners, Made With Code will walk you through everything you need to design a flashy and festive tree that lights up right on the White House鈥檚 lawn.

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Made With Code breaks down the lighting step by step. You start with a basic tree that you can聽customize聽depending on the light patterns and colors that you want, along with the聽direction you want them to move in. Once you鈥檝e got a brilliant lighting scheme, you can pick the White House tree you want lit in your pattern (Guam at 4pm FTW!) and tune in to see your coded tree light up in real time. Now if only we could get this to work for our own trees鈥 I鈥檓 looking at you, tangled mass of lights in the corner.


After聽you鈥檝e got the聽tree lighting down pat and you鈥檙e ready聽for something a bit more complex, test your skills with snowflake making. It鈥檚 still a step-by-step process, but this time around, Made With Code teaches you how聽to manipulate the speed and pattern to make your very own unique snowflake.

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You鈥檙e able to聽pick the聽patterns that adorn it, the shape of your snowflake, and even how fast or slow your snow spins. Once you鈥檝e got the best flake ever,聽you can share with it with your friends on social media and decorate new frontiers, like the Internet.


We love the fun projects that Made With Code is dishing out,聽and we can鈥檛 wait to see what else they have in store. Animated Valentine cards? Coded firework displays for the 4th of July? No matter what鈥檚 next, we鈥檙e excited and hopeful that this will get聽more girls interested in聽computer science.

How are your coding skills?聽When will your tree light up? Share聽your coded projects聽with us on Twitter or in the comments below!