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Day of Code

Friday, December 1, 2017

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Fourth grade classrooms from the Great Lakes Bay Region can apply to attend the SVSU Hour of Code activity on Friday, December 1, 2017. The students will participate in a coding activity, a STEM activity, and lunch at SVSU. The program is free, but schools must provide transportation. Applications are due by October 13, 2017.

The program consists of students participating in an hour of coding, the process of writing a computer program using a programming language. George Corser, SVSU assistant professor of computer science and information systems, and SVSU computer science students will provide instruction to the elementary students.

“Coding is a new kind of literacy,” Corser said. “The reason it's important to get it in early is because these younger people are going to be affected (more than other generations) by the digital world. We're living in a digital world with computers; we need to learn how they think and how they speak, and coding is their language.”

Students from those classes will come to SVSU, write code for an hour, and then tour the Marshall Fredericks Sculpture Museum. They also will participate in a new STEM-geared activity session at the museum, where students will work with wax and water while also learning how wax and water interact with each other.

The Hour of Code event is a global movement that reaches students in over 180 countries.