Coding Club Shares the Fun With Board of Education

Coding Club Shares the Fun with Board Members
Posted on 01/25/2018
Students demonstrate coding website

Students who demonstrated coding to the board on Jan. 23
The line between education and entertainment is blurred for 4th- and 5th-grade students who spend their lunchtime with computers, “invention kits” and robotic toys. One result is certain: the students who participate in Coding Club are all ‘makers’ in their own right, having fun and learning new technology at the same time.

Nine members of the Coding Club demonstrated their skills for the Board of Education at the Jan. 23 meeting. Each elementary school has a Coding Club, where 4th- and 5th-grade students spend lunch one day a week exploring technology tools such as Scratch, Makey Makey, Sphero, and Little Bits.

Students have flocked to the voluntary club, which has doubled in just one year and has nearly 200 students participating among Westmoor, Meadowbrook and Greenbriar Schools.

Instructional Technology Coach Ronit Shapiro oversees the club to ensure similar experiences at each school, she said, so they are all at the same level when they arrive at Northbrook Junior High. There is a STEM class for 6th-, 7th- and 8th-grade students as well as additional after-school activities for students interested in coding and robotics.

“Makey Makey is the most fun because you can try all kinds of things,” said Kate, a 4th-grader at Westmoor School.

Len, a 5th-grader at Westmoor School, said his favorite thing about Coding Club is “everything.”
A student demonstrates a car he built
A student demonstrates how she makes sounds with Makey Makey