4th Annual Kode2Learn Day a Success

Group photo of studentsOn November 19th, forty-seven 3rd-5th grade elementary students filled Benton Hall at Miami University with shouts and boundless energy. They arrived early on November 19th for the 4th annual Kode2Learn Day, a whole day event where kids are taught the values of programming and creativity through fun and interactive activities. Kode2Learn is a Miami student organization whose mission is to promote teamwork and problem solving through the use of computer science.

Throughout the day, club members took groups of the budding engineers around to seven different stations meant to foster teamwork and spark an interest in computer science. In one, students used JavaScript to create a custom game of Mad Libs. Sophomore Mike Wedzikowski led the station and said,“the activity helped students be creative while still learning fundamental coding concepts.” In another popular station, students programmed Lego® Mindstorms to roll across the floor, pick up objects, and complete tasks. Other stations included programming Sphero robots, building balloon towers, learning the inner workings of a computer, discussing algorithms to solve mazes, and playing coding board games.

Students play with lego bots“Kode2Learn Day is important because it instills excitement for technology and promotes a problem solving mindset,” says junior computer science student Matt DePero. Senior Gianna Sheffield agrees, stating “it is very important to get students interested early. Early exposure to technology and computer science can help get students interested in STEM fields later on.” Now that the big event of the year is over, Kode2Learn will focus on expanding its reach to a school in Hamilton as well as starting chapters at other colleges. Until then, the members will be returning to the weekly coding clubs they run at three local elementary schools in the Oxford area.

By Caroline Danzi