New Program Makes Coding Cool for Kids

New Program Makes Coding Cool for Kids

New Program Makes Coding Cool for Kids

Students and teachers have been thrilled with CCAT’s summer Coding Connections program!

“Thank you for giving our scholars this amazing opportunity to learn something new and exciting. They spoke about this program nonstop and kept asking for another week. So I thank you all for letting them experience this amazing thing technology can do; and for making them proud of their accomplishments,” said Lucia Osman, YMCA of Greater Hartford After School Program teacher’s assistant.

“I want to thank CCAT and Ms. Palisano for this opportunity for our students. It was quite enjoyable and our students learned a lot. I hope the instructors also had a great learning experience as I know our students did. Special thanks to Demar Porter who did the running around,” said Leanardo A. Watson, Simpson-Waverly School principle in Hartford.

CCAT is piloting a new program this summer in partnership with Hartford Public Schools. Coding Connections introduces 4th and 5th grade students at Dr. Frank T. Simpson-Waverly School in Hartford’s North End to computer programming while reinforcing math and science skills, encouraging problem-solving and teamwork, and introducing future career possibilities.

Students will have an opportunity to hear from software programmers and developers, see how computer “code” is written, and learn about the variety of applications that can be created. They will participate in exciting hands-on workshops using LEGO Robotics and the new WeDo software. Students will be able to design and develop computer programs to give instructions to the robots they build. The program will culminate with a team competition that parents and families will be invited to attend.

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