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Monday, December 21, 2015

Coding and Cookies in Osceola

Kids are happy to be coding
Thanks to Kay Fitzgerald from Osceola for this guest post!

At Osceola Public Library we ran a program called Coding and Cookies that introduced middle through high schoolers to computer coding. We had never run a program like this before and were amazed at the turnout of 20 students. Younger students learned the basics of coding by creating a simple Minecraft or Star Wars game, and older students got an introduction to the Python programming language thru Code Combat. Everyone came away knowing more about coding than when they came. And of course, there were cookies! 

The program lasted 1.5 hours, and most kids finished in that time.  We provided Chromebooks, and kids shared with each other, which worked well.  The only thing we'd do differently is get everyone signed in ahead of time, as it was difficult to get everyone signed in simultaneously.

We used the website code.org/learn and their hour of code. We will be running a Coding and Cookies 2.

A roomful of busy coders

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