Nora Husani, a junior software engineering major, did not imagine that a one-time assignment for her education class would become Kode2Learn (K2L), a club on campus that teaches Talawanda students basic coding skills on a weekly basis. 

“I planned a one-day activity [for the education class] where we invited kids from all around the Oxford area to teach them basic programming. The parents were really into it and said, ‘You should do it again!’” said Nora. 

She was later contacted by Norm Krumpe, faculty member in the Computer Science and Software Engineering Department, to assist with the startup of a coding club at Kramer Elementary. K2L became an official student organization in the fall of 2014 to be able to receive funding from Associated Student Government (ASG).

15-20 students are regularly involved with the club. Nora delegates tasks to other members to design lesson plans and implement them at Kramer and now also Bogen Elementary, as well as the Talawanda middle school. Students learn basic java and how to make points, lines, and squares.

“Teaching anything can be really rewarding, but with programming it’s really fun because [the kids] see that there was nothing there [on the computer] and they can write some lines [of code] and something magical happens. Their reactions are priceless,” Nora said. 

The club recently got funding to implement Spheros in their lesson plans. Spheros are robots that are programmed with a mobile application and used to move different items around. These robots are beneficial because students are not only creating objects on a computer, but also utilizing code to move a physical object. 

Nora has always been passionate about education. Her major requires a specialization, and she petitioned to use ‘Technology in Education’ as her focus and got it approved.  

The ‘K’ in K2L stands for kids, and the number ‘2’ stands for the club’s two pillars: teamwork and problem solving. Learn is the overall goal.

For more information about joining this student organization, contact Nora via The Hub.

Written by Sarah Mattina, student communications assistant

Group of kids at Kramer Elementary involved in the club