Coding Experts

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Nassakeag Elementary School students have been learning about the intricacies of computer programming through a variety of hands-on STEM lessons.

Earlier this year, all kindergarten through sixth-grade students participated in the Hour of Code movement, which challenged students to take part in coding activities for at least one hour. That effort was expanded upon this winter when STEM teacher Colleen Maier led a robot programming class for third- and fourth-graders.

After using markers and paper to map out their coding concepts, the students visited the computer lab to generate code and program robots called ozobots to complete tasks. The students learned how the ozobots have color sensors and, by using different colors, could be programmed to move through various mazes and complete challenges.