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Friday, February 12, 2016

Learning to Code

Computers are everywhere. They’re in our pockets. They’re on our walls. They’re in our cars. They’re a critical piece of our infrastructure, from power grids to traffic lights to the inner workings of our financial markets. And all of these computers have one thing in common. They depend on software to tell them what to do.

But who exactly is going to write this software?

The unsurprising answer is the kids we have in school right now. Our children should not just know how to use apps and play video games – they should know how to create them.

To that end, we had an Hour of Code event at the middle school on Feb 4. During the event we watched this video, in which digital leaders and celebrities talk about why coding is so important in our lives. Then we went to code.org/learn and starting coding ourselves. With no studying or fancy terminology several middle school students were able to code Minecraft and Frozen characters to move around and perform actions.


We will be having at least two more coding events yet this year.
  • March 10 at the high school library
  • April 6 at the middle school library
 Any HS or MS students are welcome to attend either event, both of which will happen directly after school until 5pm.

If you have any questions about coding or the above events please contact me at aolson [at] scc.k12.wi.us

DFTBA!

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