Why coding for our students?
Coding is the teaching of the languages that are used to program computers. Not just computers but all digital devices use codes (for example: gaming devices, computer games (Playstation, Xbox, or Nintendo), watches, cell phones, health monitors (such as fitbits). By exposing our students to coding, it is our hope that they gain an understanding of programming and the computer sciences. The STEM Academy classes at Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy participate in coding experiences for at least an hour a week. The students utilize the website www.code.org as a means to learn simple coding languages. After participating in a number of lessons on code.org students utilize their learning on https://scratch.mit.edu/ . The students can complete coding activities that can support their learning or present material from their learning in a new way.