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Coding at WPES

Students participate in Hour of Code

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West Point NY | December 19, 2018

Students learn coding skills
Students learn coding skills | Photo: Kerns


West Point Elementary School joined 50 million students around the world to learn more about coding through learning events organized by Code.Org.  Tutorials in Blockly, a beginner's visual computer language, are available for pre-readers through Middle School students. This year, special coding events were added.  

First was Dance Party <> , a tutorial for students to code, get creative, and even dance, all at once. Students chose from music by: Ace of Base, Aha, Aloe Blacc and Avicii, Anitta, Ariana Grande, Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson, Bruce Springsteen, Carly Rae Jepsen, Calvin Harris, Ciara, Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, Imagine Dragons, J. Balvin, Katy Perry, Keith Urban, Justin Bieber, Lady Antebellum, Lady Gaga, Los Del Rio, Luke Bryan, Macklemore, Madonna, MC Hammer, Miley Cyrus, Outkast, Selena Gomez, Sia, Village People, The Weeknd,, and Yolanda Be Cool. The Dance Party activity also features video tutorials by singer/songwriter/coder Aloe Blacc, computer scientist and iLuminate founder/producer Miral Kotb, as well as Amazon Future Engineer Maria Tracy.

The second event had new Minecraft adventures. Voyage Aquatic took learners on an aquatic adventure to find treasure and solve puzzles with coding. Minecraft teamed up with four YouTube creators–AmyLee33, Netty Plays, iBallisticSquid, and Tomohawk–for this year’s Minecraft Hour of Code. These creative YouTubers guided participants through 12 unique challenges through caves, ruins, and underwater reefs to solve puzzles and learn coding concepts such as loops and conditionals, two fundamental concepts in computer science. Voyage Aquatic encouraged students to think creatively, try different coding solutions, and apply what they learned in this mysterious underwater world! The tutorial also included a ‘free play’ level for participants to apply what they learned in the prior puzzles.

Students were excited to have new programming challenges and were eager to show the programs they created.  Students can access these coding activities and many more from home. Students in Grades 3-4 are able to login to with their school Google account.  Younger students can participate as a guest, or use their Clever badge logins.

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