During the summer of 2012, I participated in Google's Summer of Code (GSoC). Google Summer of Code is a global program that student developers stipends to write code for various open source software projects. I contributed to GCompris, a high quality educational software suite comprising of numerous activities for children aged 2 to 10. GCompris is distributed worldwide, and is translated into over 60 languages. The software is one of the best quality open-source and free children's game suite available; the website receives about 1,000 visits per day, and the software is downloaded well over 500 times per day.
My contribution consisted of adding a full suite of music activities to GCompris. Music education, specifically for children ages 2-10, has been proven through numerous studies to improve cognition and literacy. GCompris formerly had very few music activities, and no music theory instruction. The suite of activities I developed engage children with educational musical games and activities which emphasize both the fundamentals of music and musical creation. In addition to my activities, I endeavored to maintain excellent online documentation to assist future developers who wish to use my code to develop additional music activities. In total, I contributed 7 games (most were music related):
I presented my work at the GNOME User and Developers European Conference in A Coruña, Spain. I enjoyed learning about the open-source community during this summer and at the conference, and I have remained an ardent supporter of open-source software.
"Wow! Looks like a lot of work. I only had time to look at the screenshots and fly over the documentation, so far. But this looks really good. (Documentation is really extensive! Great!) Thank you for this!"
"I wanted to say how much I love the music games you wrote! I teach at an elementary ESE center in Orlando, FL. Your contribution to the GCompris set is perfect!"