During an activity period Thursday, the entire freshman class was introduced to the dynamic duo, a pair of robots used to teach coding, while participating in the school’s second “Hour of Code” event.
“This is fun, I’m excited for the class,” said Matthew Fassett.
Literally, students experienced robotics in their hands as they used the mobile app, Blockly from Wonder World, to move the robots. The drag and drop type of visual programming allowed students to make the robots move, light up and spin.
“When we did this with the sophomores, they found it fun,” said Principal Eileen Manno to the class, assembled at tables in Querbes Hall. “I hope you do, too.”
Students found the introduction to coding to be easier than they thought, and accessible.
“They’re cool,” said freshman Payton McDonnell of the colorful robots. “It’s not hard at all.”
“We believe coding is the way of the future,” said Mrs. Manno said to the class. “All of you, in one way or another in your future careers, will be involved in developing some type of coding.”
Joining Mrs. Manno in leading the presentation were Ms. Maggie Miskowicz, instructional technology coordinator, and Mr. Jim Williams, Mobile Apps programming I and II teacher. They all stressed the importance of learning to code at an early age.
“Students who know coding,” Mr. Williams said, “will be in great demand in the future.”
— SVHS Ed Tech (@SVHSEdTech) January 28, 2016