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Sixth-graders participate in Code-A-Thon

posted: Fri, Dec 8th, 2017

Marlene McDowell helps Brynne Miller Davis debug a line of code

Students in 6th Grade Computers as well as 6th Grade 21st Century Skills classes recently took up the challenge to learn hard computer coding by taking part in Code-A-Thon. The program took students through five lessons over the course of a week on the Learning.com website, introducing them to real coding by walking them through small projects. This wasn’t drag and drop computer programming, it was writing hard code that served as an introduction to the computer language, Python.

Each project contained a dozen to two dozen small steps, with each subsequent project building on the skills developed in the previous one. Assignments included animating a cartoon character, creating an interactive greeting card, and working on a monogram and logo.

“Coding is the now and the future,” said teacher Marlene McDowell. “Programmers are needed everywhere. We need to expose kids to it and encourage them to use it, because some will fall in love with it and find their career path.”

Students had their own unique logins and passwords and many used them to practice the assignments at home. 

Learning.com will randomly select one of the participating schools to receive 30 Chromebooks.

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