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Two students smiling while working at computers during a Coders Club meetingCoders Club introduces students to a new language

Dec. 3, 2015 — It might seem like a series of garbled numbers and symbols to you and I, but a group of Stillwater Elementary students are learning the language of computer coding—and having fun while doing it!

The school’s new Coders Club, which currently has 15 members, is designed to give students in grades 3-5 an introduction to basic computer science and programming.

“Coders Club members have learned some of the basic building blocks of computer game programming—how to make objects move across the screen and do what we want them to do,” said Coders Club Advisor and Art Teacher Sue Salmon. “We've used logic and creativity to solve problems. The whole process is both fun and exciting.”One student smiling while working at a computer during a Coders Club meeting

This week, Dec. 7-13, all students in grades 3-5 will get a taste of what Coders Club members have been learning during art classes. Families will also have the opportunity to participate in a special Hour of Code event from 6-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 8, at the elementary school.

“Computers are a huge part of our lives today,” added Salmon. “Our students need our encouragement to dream up new solutions to problems and to learn to write the programs we will need in the future.”

Fifth-grade student Lucas Reeves (bottom right) answers a
few questions about being a Coders Club member and the Hour
of Code event on Dec. 8:

Lucas Reeves
Stillwater fifth-grader Lucas Reeves joined the elementary Coders Club because he likes coding and playing video games.

Q: Why did you want to join the Coders Club?
A: I really like coding and playing video games. It would be really great if I could learn how to make video games.

Q: What's your favorite activity/lesson that you learned during Coders Club?
A: So far, the free drawing part where you use the artist to draw forward, reverse, left and right and make something amazing.

Q: Why do you think your fellow classmates should go to the Hour of Code event?
A: I think it would be cool to learn how to [code] and see if they're interested. Maybe they would want to design video games when they grow up.

Q: What do you want to be when you grow up?
A: I either want to be a video game tester, a video game designer, or an architect when I grow up.

The Hour of Code event is limited to 50 students in grades 3-5 and their parents. Students who are interested in attending should send in their permission slips by Monday, Dec. 7. Please contact Sue Salmon at spsalmon@csd.org with any questions.

Visit https://hourofcode.com/us and https://code.org/ for more information about the Hour of Code.

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