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4 Reasons Why Kids Should Learn to Code

1. Creativity. When students are introduced to computer science it opens them up to a wide range of possibilities in which they have the opportunity to be inventive and formulate a variety of solutions. By participating in hands on activities like building robots and using MIT AppInventor, students can easily establish a habit of generating something new from diverse mediums.

2. Problem Solving. Coding is an excellent way for kids to practice problem solving because it entails that you figure out whats working and what isn't as well as why. It also requires that you test out ideas through trial and error. This skill will ultimately teach kids that finding solutions to many problems involves failing and taking risks.  

3. Preparation. Being exposed to computer science early on will ultimately prepare students for a variety of promising careers and opportunities. Currently, there are about 500,000 job openings in every state and every industry for computer science!

4. Digital Literacy. This day and age there are several aspects of our world that have been shaped by programming and are highly dependent on technology for basic function and efficiency. As technology continues to grow and advance digital literacy is very likely to become an indispensable skill for nearly any occupation. So It's imperative that children learn code because it sets a tone for them to gain fundamental knowledge and appreciation for adapting and understanding regardless of their career path. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Grizzlies Code Camp: Making Progress

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Grizzlies Code Camp: Making Progress

This summer, CodeCrew jump-started it's Grizzlies Code Camp at the Lester Community Center. We had the pleasure of welcoming over 60 students dispersed throughout our, Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced classes. During the week students from each class are faced with completing different tasks according to their skill level, in which they work together to complete a mission. 

In only a few weeks, our Beginner class has quickly mastered the key components required to create a functioning app. So far they've grasped the ability to code text boxes and senses that allow their devices to process commands that generate speech as well as gaining control over the voice's language and pitch.

Students using MIT App Inventor 

Students using MIT App Inventor 

Throughout the weeks, our intermediate class has tackled the challenge of building and programming GRIPP3R robots. After adding the finishing touching and placing infrared sensors to their machines they were able to command their robots to maneuver as well as grasp and retrieve objects.

Students work together to build their robot

Students work together to build their robot

Our advanced class was faced with the task of setting up and operating the Arduino Uno, which entailed hooking up LED lights to their breadboard, as well as using code and user input to manipulate the device's buzzers as well as it's lights. As a result of learning these skills, these students have been able to successfully create games as well as musical instruments, through the tasks of programming and coding the Arduino.

Students setting up their Arduino

Students setting up their Arduino

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