Middle Schoolers Introduced to Coding

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“You have to work on it until you figure it out. It’s not going to be easy but you have to stick with it,” Edmund W. Miles Middle School math teacher Dr. Linda Pfaffe told her ninth-grade geometry students as they participated in the Hour of Code.

With ever-growing job opportunities, students in Amityville are being introduced to computer programming and seventh- through ninth-graders recently joined the Hour of Code global initiative, which take place every December to get more youngsters interested in careers in the field. 

Students learned about coding during a kick-off assembly on Dec. 13 with representatives from KidOYO, a computer science-learning platform being used in Amityville. The presenters discussed the job outlook for computer programmers and made students aware of different coding applications.

Since then, coding sessions have been taking place in math classes to give students hands-on experience. Dr. Pfaffe said both math and coding deal with logic and sequence, so the two naturally fit together. Computer programming also takes place regularly in the STEAM classes that were introduced this year, which focus on science, technology, engineering, the arts and math.

Dr. Pfaffe’s students used Chromebooks to work with Maze Code, an application through KidOYO in which they had to move blocks to create commands to make specific designs. Once successful, students were able to view the code. There were 24 levels with each getting progressively harder. 

“It’s just to give them a taste of what computer programming is like,” Dr. Pfaffe said. “It’s a great field and it’s important to introduce this to our students so it can be an option for them.”