Deasy School Students Learn to Code

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Deasy students in grades K-2 recently received a lesson in coding during their STEM classes.

STEM teacher Jessica Cialeo taught second-grade students that because computers and electronic devices cannot think for themselves, computer scientists need to "write" directions for the devices so they can perform tasks. The children were then introduced to coding and given guided practice using and the iPad applications Kodable and Daisy the Dinosaur. They thoroughly enjoyed using the apps to create block coding, which allowed them to move BB8, a “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” character, on their iPad screens.   

Cialeo’s lesson was coordinated in conjunction with Computer Science Education Week and the Hour of Code, which is a global movement that reaches tens of millions of students in more than 180 countries. Deasy Principal Ken Craft and Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Technology Dr. Michael Israel attended the lesson and assisted the children in their assignment.

District elementary students in Ken Altamirano’s and Cheryl Carmody’s STEM classes also participated in grade level-appropriate coding lessons as part of the Hour of Code celebration.