In October and beyond, students across America will rise up to the challenge of Code Your World, the 2018 National Youth Science Day (NYSD) project theme. Created by Google and West Virginia Extension Service, Code Your World will immerse youth into the world of computer science and programming through activities specifically designed to educate and foster interest in youth for the technology aspect of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education.
“The goal is to get them excited about what they can do and accomplish while using coding,” said Saundra Frerichs, science education specialist with University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension’s 4-H Youth Development. “A lot of people think computer coding is hard … but (this challenge) will help children think like a computer programmer, and it makes (coding) fun, so they realize it’s something they can do — to be a part of the world that’s creating the apps and games that they love to use.”
The Code Your World challenge, Frerichs explained, will be one computer-based activity and three offline activities. Students can work independently and as a team on the tasks, many of which will be hands-on games that implement computational thinking concepts.
The computer activity will feature Google’s CS First platform, where youth will be able to design their own coded projects using the program’s Scratch modules.
The simplicity of Scratch modules — blocks of pre-written code that can be combined to form animations, stories, music, even games — makes Code Your World a perfect setting for beginners to learn the basics of coding.
Each kit can supply up to 10 participating youth. You may check out kits through the Marion County office. We will be holding a virtual training, which clubs may also use to hold a Code Your World Challenge if they like on Wednesday October 10th from 6:30 to 8:30pm via ZOOM. The link will be posted here and it will be emailed to 4-H Leaders. Additional ZOOM Dates may be set either for additional training, or to help support club NYSD Code Challenge events. For more information, questions and to indicate your interest you may email Jim Becker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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