Learning The Code

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

Elementary school students and adults alike come together Thursday to join in for an "Hour of Code." Code.org coordinates the worldwide event as a part of Computer Science Week.

James Farless has a new goal in life. "At first it was a football player, but now I'll probably be a computer technology person.” Thanks to a pilot coding program at West Lincoln Elementary School, James now understands something many adults don't. "There's these little puzzle pieces. There's these things that will change backgrounds, change your spray, otherwise known as your character and make your character do things to make one little video game."

In an era where kids younger and younger are learning to use technology and the technology sector grows faster each year, learning to code in school is just another advantage.

"We're wanting our students to look towards the future, look for a future career," said West Lincoln Elementary Community Coordinator Laura Ruppert.

"Sixty-five percent of our new jobs are will come from entrepreneurs, start-ups and small businesses," said Tamara Sloan, director of Innovation & Entrepreneurship at the Lincoln Partnership For Economic Development.

The people who will one day fill those jobs may be kindergartner's like James' sister. Even she's learning code. "It's pretty much giving them a head-start learning how they can do what we're doing now.”

Schools look forward to making coding a skill more kids have. "This was a pilot and so we've seen it be successful and I think as our school, as a team, we want this to actually be more permanent," said Sloan.

"There's some people that aren't in coding that are in my class that like coding even though they don't know what they're doing," said James. But soon, they might.

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