From an outsider’s perspective, it first looks like students are merely playing a computer game in class this week at the School of Engineering and Arts in Golden Valley. Instead, they are learning about computer coding.
"It’s about understanding sequences and patterns and being able to relay that with confidence," says Cara Rieckenberg, program coordinator at SEA
. "If we think more and more about how technology is impacting our world today and thinking about what it’s going to be 5-10 years down the road, our kids need to be producers and not just users of it."
The focus on coding at SEA is nothing new. Students learn some element of coding at all grade levels. However, for Computer Science Education Week students are participating in Hour of Code
, which challenges students to spend an hour exploring computer programming. Chances are, they might discover it’s easier than they thought.
"It kind of helps us to learn how to code and if we want to make our own games, this would be a start and an extra push," says student McKenzie McMoore.
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