Children and parents can learn to code during a free event hosted from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6 in the Learning Commons at Burnsville High School, 600 E. Highway 13, during National Hour of Code week Dec. 3-8.
This second annual Family Code Night will feature more than 20 interactive sessions for parents and students from kindergarten through grade 12 in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191. Coding, also known as computer programming, is when you tell a computer exactly what to do by giving it step-by-step directions.
“We want to showcase how all students in our district have opportunities to learn coding,” said Rachel Gorton, the district’s instructional technology coordinator. “All students learn how to code in elementary school and middle school students continue to code in exploratory courses. In high school, students have many classes they can take to further enhance their skills.”
At Family Code Night, new activities are being added this year along with favorites from last year including binary bead bracelets, coding with Ozobots, a Dash wonder workshop, Sphero coding, app development, web design coding, Bitxbox, coding with Scratch on the Raspberry Pi and learning about the IOT (Internet of Things), Mindcraft, and more.
“Coding has become increasingly important in many jobs and careers,” said Cindy Drahos, information technology teacher at Burnsville High School. “Through hands-on learning at Family Code Night, students and parents will learn about coding and understand how important it has become in daily life.”
In addition, families will leave with activities to do at home – both on computers and unplugged.