Arkansas Matters – More schools are including “coding” in their curriculum, and the students are younger than ever.
Nine-year-old Isabelle Visser loves to “play” on the computer, but her classwork is no ordinary game. She is learning how to code!
“There’s a bunch of characters and you learn how to speak a different language in computer,” she says.
Her classmate Sophia agrees, coding is pretty cool.
“It’s fun and hard sometimes, but it’s mostly fun,” says fellow third grader Sophia Puente.
Both girls are part of an after-school coding club.
“Coding” is the act of programming a computer, and telling it what to do.
Jey Veerasamy, Ph.D., started the program a few years ago, and says elementary school is the best time to start exposing kids to coding.
“They’re not afraid to try. They’re not afraid to fail,” says the Coding Club founder and Senior Lecturer of the Dept. of Computer Science at UT-Dallas.
To continue reading the article by Mallory Brooks, as well as to view the interview with Dr. Veerasamy, Click Here.
Source | Arkansas Matters
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