On January 21 OKAN visited Young Achievers Christian Academy in Oklahoma City to do an Hour of Code with students in grades K through 5. Each grade level participated in an activity from Lightbot, where students program a robot to navigate obstacles in order to complete tasks. Lightbot has created game-like activities that teach all ages (4 and up) the basics of coding and computer programming.
Even though this was a brand new activity for the students, and their first introduction to coding, they were eager to begin! Students worked in partners at each computer, taking turns between controlling the keyboard and mouse and offering verbal guidance and support. “Pair Programming” is a suggested method from Code.org for students who are new to coding. Patience is required to move through the activity, and students worked through their mistakes with a positive attitude. Students not only benefit by learning the logic of coding, but also by teamwork.
Thank you again to the students and faculty of Young Achievers Christian Academy, it was a wonderful visit and we hope to come back soon!
Many resources for technology learning are free and cater to all ages. If you are interested in learning more about Computer Science and Coding, visit okafterschool.org/resources/stem/technology-learning-resources/.