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All District 191 families invited to coding event hosted by Burnsville High School

Children and parents can learn to code during a free event hosted from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 12 in the Learning Commons at Burnsville High School, 600 E. Highway 13, during National Hour of Code week Dec. 9-15.

This third 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 is the process of writing in a computer programming language that a computer can understand. The code tells the computer to perform a certain task or perform certain actions.

“We want to showcase how all students in our district have opportunities to learn coding,” said Rachel Gorton, the district’s instructional technology coordinator.

Through Digital Learning, all One91 students learn to code starting in kindergarten. By the time students are in upper elementary and moving into middle school, they are programming simulations and experiments to test their theories and hypotheses in various subjects. Through coding, students are learning mathematical thinking like patterning and sequencing. These are just some examples of why District 191 is excited to showcase the talents of our students.

Activities featured at this year’s event include:

  • Binary bead bracelets

  • Coding with Ozobots

  • Dash wonder workshop

  • Sphero coding

  • App development

  • Web design coding

  • Bitxbox

  • Coding with Scratch on the Raspberry Pi

  • Drone racing

“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.”  

Families will leave Family Code Night with a broad understanding of how their children learn coding and computer science in One91."

Top: Video created by Burnsville High School students Alexis and Andrew Bunnell. 
Posted: Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 08:17