Rosedale Elementary students take part in Hour of Code program

Chico, Calif.—The international movement has about 140,000 week-long events taking place worldwide with the goal of inspiring kids to learn more, while breaking stereotypes and helping them feel empowered.

Posted: Dec. 7, 2017 5:04 PM
Updated: Dec. 7, 2017 6:19 PM

Chico, Calif.—The international movement has about 140,000 week-long events taking place worldwide with the goal of inspiring kids to learn more, while breaking stereotypes and helping them feel empowered.

Coding may not be the first lesson plan you may think of in an elementary school classroom, but that's exactly what kindergarten through third grade students were learning at Rosedale Elementary with the teaching coming not from the teachers, but fifth grade students.

Ten- year-old Sammy Scherebiu and eleven-year-old Aiden Nelsen used video and green screen equipment to promote the coding program.

"We made this code video so that everyone would know about it and would really want to do it," Nelsen said.

And it wasn't hard getting the younger students excited.

Melanie Soto, Evelyn Monge and Jasmine Ortiz taught their younger peers about robotics and how you can control them through coding.

"What we like working with the younger students is that they say wow we like this, this is really interesting and it's very exciting for them," Monge said.

Rosedale Elementary is a two-way Spanish immersion school, so students are learning more than just coding.

"I like code because it helps people with vocabulary, not just with this means that. It's actually avanzar means go forward and a la derecho means turn right," Durkin said.

Antonio Jaureguy and Payton Durkin said coding is challenging, but know it's a skill set that'll pay off in the long run.

“Jobs in the future, more jobs in the future, are going to depend on coding," Durkin said.

While they have plenty of time to worry about the job market, teachers welcome this exchange of knowledge.

"It's problem solving, it's math, it has a lot of pieces and that teachers love and the kids love it too," said third grade teacher Nayeli Camacho.

This program took place during computer science education week which wraps up on December 10.

The younger students will receive a certificate from code.org, and the fifth grade students will continue their lessons on coding.

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