A morning computer club for young students is showing elementary school children how to learn computer coding and programming.
At Theodore Roosevelt Elementary school, the club meets in the early morning, before school, twice a week. Second and third graders attend on Mondays, and fourth and fifth graders come on Wednesdays. Sixth graders are helpers for the younger students.
According to club sponsor Madison Timmons, there are about 50 students in the club. It is the first elementary level club focusing on the fundamentals of computer programming and coding in the Manhattan-Ogden school district. “It not only teaches them that, but it uses a fun style of teaching,” said Timmons. One of the lessons involves the Angry Birds game. “This is something that’s going to interest them.”
Timmons teaches gifted students at Theodore Roosevelt. She began the club last spring, not knowing how many students would be interested. “There was a big demand that came back,” she said. “It’s awesome to see that’s what students wanted to do and wanted to learn about.”
She has been happy to see that many girls are interested in the club. “It’s great to see the girls along with the boys, because it’s usually a boy interest in most cases,” she said.