uring Hour of code, students
were encouraged to explore computer science in the form of coding activities.
They learned that there is a whole career field related to this topic and those
professionals are actually behind all the apps and games they love to play.
They worked as partners to
navigate and problem solve their way through coding challenges.
Special guest speaker Yurii
Sekretar, CEO and Co-founder of Quiks Inc. brought his laptop, wireless router
and a small, very basic computer called Raspberry. He coded a simple reaction
time game for two players. He explained and showed the children how he coded
the LED light to light up at random intervals of time, inputted player names
and then, get the children to play the game.
During the game, students had to
press their button first when the light flashed on. Then, the kids asked if the
light could just flash on and off, so Sekretar changed his code to accomplish
that. This enabled kids to see that a person is behind each and every
function we perform on our technology devices.
In January, the school will be
starting the Crusader Coding Club open to 3-5 graders. They will be using the
computer science curriculum for beginning coding skills from Hour of Code.org.
Students will begin coding using
a block format which progresses from basic commands and advances towards more
complex commands such as loops and events. The club will run for eight weeks
depending on student interest.
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