Fourth Graders Learn to Code!

Students in Mrs. Hauck’s fourth grade classes visited Saint Anselm College on Thursday April 23 for a session on computer coding and programming. The students were hosted by Dr. Carol Traynor, the Chair of the Computer Science Department at Saint Anselm.

IMG_1476Dr. Traynor had initially invited the students earlier in the year to participate in the “Hour of Code” programming that was occurring across the globe; however, inclement weather necessitated a change of date for our session. The extra time allowed SBA students to explore coding and careers in coding with their Educational Technology teacher Ms. Maloof. This knowledge provided a wonderful foundation for the programming at Saint Anselm.

 

Students were paired with a Saint Anselm student enrolled in Dr. Traynor’s Computer Science introductory course. The students enjoyed getting to work in a collegiate computer lab and were impressed with the layout and speed of the computer.

The Saint Anselm students walked Saint Benedict Academy students through a tutorial in coding in which students had to write lines of code to “build” a game with characters that moved through an obstacle course. Students had to program motions, movements, and more to get the characters to complete a task.

Classroom assistant and field trip chaperone Mrs. Batt remarked on the politeness and class of the Saint Anselm students. The college students inspired confidence in their elementary mentees and celebrated their success in the programming.

At the end of the session, Dr. Traynor presented each of the fourth graders with a special certificate of completion and several wonderful gifts including a Saint Anselm backpack filled with a Saint Anselm lanyard, literature about the college and coding, and some snacks!

Saint Benedict Academy students walked across the college campus to the college’s annual Shakespeare celebration – a continuous reading of sonnets and plays to mark the bard’s birthday. The students enjoyed snacking in the “quad” while listening to a college music ensemble playing Elizabethan music.

We are very thankful to Dr. Traynor and her students for creating this learning opportunity for our students and sharing the world of code with them!